Lusaka urges NASA to soften stance ahead of joint talks
Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka has told National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders to drop their demands ahead of the consultative meeting with Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and representatives of Jubilee Party on Wednesday.
Speaking to Citizen Radio on Tuesday, Speaker Lusaka said the IEBC’s meeting with the main stakeholders is crucial and urged the NASA co-principals to soften their stance to allow for progress in the election standoff.
“IEBC’s meeting with the main stakeholders is very important but when you go the negotiating table you must be willing to give or take therefore NASA should not issue demands because the talks need to be open and conducted in a sober environment,” Lusaka said.
The former Bungoma Governor warned that Kenyan leaders risk setting a bad trend if NASA’s push to eject a section of IEBC officials through mass protests and demonstrations is successful.
“The Supreme Court did not find any IEBC official culpable of bungling the August 8 poll. Therefore, if NASA’s bid to hound them out of office is successful, it means we are headed for turbulent times because it is against the law to accuse somebody without the requisite evidence,” Lusaka said.
NASA leaders have already started demonstrations to push for the resignation of IEBC CEO, Ezra Chiloba, and several other top officials who they accuse of presiding over a flawed presidential election.
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