CORD suspends Monday’s anti-IEBC demos

CORD suspends Monday's anti-IEBC demos

The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) has suspended Monday’s anti-IEBC demonstration after positive progress on talks with Jubilee on the disbandment of the electoral body.

CORD Secretariat CEO Norman Magaya said the opposition is happy with the ongoing talks with Jubilee with sources indicating that a breakthrough has been made

“We are happy. Some important issues that were bringing problems have been resolved. So we expect that by tomorrow (Sunday) morning we will be able to give an official statement,” said Magaya.

Sources indicate CORD and Jubilee have agreed to form a select team of seven legislatures from both sides to agree on how to send home the current IEBC Commissioners.

Meanwhile ,CORD leader Raila Odinga has insisted that IEBC commissioners must resign.

Addressing thousands of youths from Busia, Vihiga, Bungoma, and Kakamega Counties at Masinde Muliro University in Kakamega, Raila said CORD will not participate in the 2017 elections with the current IEBC Commissioners.

“If the referee is independent  and is good, nobody would complain. But if it is a referee that is wearing the uniform of another team, you say no. That is why we are saying IEBC must go,” said Raila.

Raila said tribalism and corruption among Kenyans is one of the main reasons the country cannot forge ahead in terms of development and at the same time denying youths employment opportunities.

The coalition had threatened yet another round of demonstrations on Monday after its five legislators were arrested and detained over alleged hate speech and incitement to violence.

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Maureen Murimi
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