Show us your protest schedule, Murkomen tells CORD

Senator Murkomen speaking in Elgeyo Marakwet on May 14, 2016

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has called on the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) to release a schedule of its protests in order to prevent inconveniencing the public.

Murkomen said a clear schedule would provide certainty and allow Kenyans to organise themselves.

“CORD should provide the program of their protests including the time it will start and end plus the designated routes just like Standard Chart Marathon does,” he said.

“This will provide certainty and give proper notice to all Kenyans whose rights are likely to be infringed.”

He however said that with a proper schedule, CORD should be allowed to hold their weekly protests in all the counties, though they should maintain peace and prevent destruction of property.

“I also urge county governments especially led by CORD governors to work with their coalition principals to ensure that investments they have and continue to attract are not destroyed and investors are not scared.”

He further noted that as Jubilee, they are adequately preparing for the next General Election, and exuded confidence of flooring CORD in the 2017 polls.

“Meanwhile the Jubilee team is jogging and warming up in the field, ready for CORD any time, in any form and as soon as they are ready for dialogue.”

CORD has announced that it would resume its protests on Monday in a bid to push for the removal of IEBC commissioners.

The opposition coalition has further stated that it would extend its protests to twice a week, even as the process of forming a joint select committee continues.

The IEBC issue seemed to be headed for a resolution on Tuesday after President Kenyatta announced the formation of a Joint Select Committee of Parliament to meet a team from CORD to iron out the outstanding issues.

The president then proceeded to name 11 legislators on Wednesday to take part in the dialogue process, which was however thrown into disarray after CORD raised several issues over the process, and instead named a four-member team.

CORD has insisted that pending a resolution of the stalemate through dialogue outside Parliament, they will continue with their demonstrations on Monday and Thursday.

So far, at least six people have been killed and property worth millions of shillings destroyed during CORD’s protests that will be entering week six on Monday.

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Story By Benjamin Wafula
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