DP Ruto accuses CORD of ‘unwillingness’ to resolve IEBC issue

DP Ruto addressing residents of Matuu in Machakos county on June 10, 2016. [Photo/Benjamin Wafula]

Deputy President William Ruto has questioned the willingness of Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) to resolve the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) impasse.

Addressing residents of Matuu in Machakos County on Friday, Ruto said Jubilee’s move to form a committee to meet CORD’s team and resolve the standoff has faced opposition from CORD who, he says, now want the number of representatives reduced.

Ruto told the opposition to stay true to their earlier request for dialogue and seek an amicable resolution of the issues instead of issuing demands.

The DP further noted that it is not helpful for the coalition to hold demonstrations which frustrate the dialogue process.

“CORD had insisted that they wanted dialogue to end the IEBC impasse. After we obliged and formed a team to meet them over the issue, they started issuing other demands.”

The Deputy President called on the residents of Ukambani to unite behind the Jubilee government and support its development agenda.

“We would like to tell the opposition leaders that they cannot solve anything through street protests. They should organize themselves so that we can sit and dialogue in order to move the country forward.”

The IEBC debate has dominated the political scene for months now with CORD planning their sixth protest on Monday.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday named a team of 11 legislators to be part of a Joint Select Committee of Parliament that would also encompass members of the CORD coalition in a bid to solve the impasse.


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