Machakos CORD leaders have sworn to drag on its anti-IEBC protest to ensure the commissioners leave office before 2017 general election.
Speaking in a press conference held at her office on Wednesday, Machakos women leader Dr. Susan Musyoka said IEBC is not incompetent enough to conduct a credible election and therefore should head home for their inability. She added that the party is pushing for reforms through the demonstrations in order to get a commission that is trustworthy and dependable.
Noting that CORD requires a guarantee that 2017 general elections will be fair and fulfilling to all participants and overall Kenyans, she referenced post-election violence in 2007, stating that the country is still healing and as such does not need a similar war to unfold.
She further termed the violence the major reason CORD is agitating now prior to the elections, since there is already a proof that Jubilee government is claiming to have won. Musyoka said that they hope a dialogue will be held with jubilee government and that reforms will take place in the IEBC.
Meanwhile, TNA lashed at Cord’s tenacious anti-IEBC protests as being for political mileage, and not for the interest of Kenyans. Party secretary general Onyango Oloo cautioned on Tuesday that if the opposition carry out more demonstrations, Jubilee will use its supporters to restore decorum.
“If the leaders believe they have enough evidence to warrant the removal of IEBC Commissioners, they should table it for us address the issues as a country,” Oloo told the press at the party’s offices in Nairobi. We are not saying the commissioners are perfect but what we want is sober reasoning on issues.”
Oloo also cautioned against violence during the protests, citing the incident that a police officer was hurt during a fresh round on Monday. But on the contrary, report reaching us today, Friday, suggests that Jubilee has abandoned Isaack Hassan commission and now wants the comissioners dissolved.