Prominent MP rejects CORD’s nomination into IEBC dialogue team


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CORD supporters in anti-IEBC protest on May 16, 2016

Mogotio MP Hellen Sambili has rejected a nomination by the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) into the Joint Parliamentary Select Committee on IEBC.

In an interview with Radio Citizen, Sambili said she had been shocked by reports in the media that she was picked to represent the opposition in the talks saying neither her nor the people of Mogotio had been consulted.

“I was elected by the people of Mogotio on a Kanu ticket and my appointment into the Joint Select Committee by CORD is puzzling,” she said.

“If indeed KANU has moved from Jubilee into CORD, then it is upon the party chair to make that announcement, after which I will consult with the people of Mogotio on whether to take up the position or not.”

The MP, who is currently in North Korea with the Parliamentary Committee on Education, was in a seven-member team named by CORD to represent them in the talks.

The confusion on KANU’s stand on the IEBC, was orchestrated by the presence of Secretary General Nick Salat in the protests.

While, the party had earlier distanced itself from the protest saying Salat’s presence was on a personal note and not a representation of the party, there has been an apparent turnaround as they reportedly demanded slot in the negotiation team.

Other members in the team are  Senators Johnson Muthama (Machakos), Mutula Kilonzo (Makueni) and James Orengo (Siaya), MPs Eseli Simiyu (Tongaren) and Junet Mohamed (Suna East) and Mombasa Women Representative Mishi Mboko.

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