Cord has withdrawn its members from justice and legal affairs committee until further notice from the coalition’s leaders.
Following a parliamentary group meeting, Siaya senator James Orengo, in a press conference said that the coalition have pulled out of what it described as ‘bi-partisan parliamentary process on IEBC’.
This, he says, is because Cord leaders are the only people who can appoint those that will dialogue on the electoral issue. And the people appointed to hold talks will have to send reports back to the coalition’s leaders on the conclusion.
This latest resolution will surely affect parliamentary committee especially for their plan to hold nationwide talks on how to reconstitute IEBC in the next four weeks, starting from Friday June 10, 2016.
A group – championed by Ainabkoi MP Samuel Chepkonga, which includes members of the two competing parties – wants to hear the voters stance on what should be done to the commission.
Raila Odinga, Moses Wetangula, MPs and senators allied to the Cord met at Wiper Secretariat. In the meeting, the politicians concluded on filing a case against police for inflicting bullet wounds on some 20 people and killing about five. The politicians decided to take the case to international court rather than Kenya’s court.
Backing their resolution, the leaders said they prefer international court in indicting the police because ‘the brutality dispensed against civilians by the police is within the wider purview of international court.’
The Opposition also said police boss Joseph Boinnet will be held personally responsible for the death of the unarmed civilians killed during the protests.
Despite resolving to go after Joseph Boinnet personally, cord leaders assured that they would not let individual police officers who shot peaceful protesters in Kisumu and Siaya counties to go scot-free as well.
“The coalition has agreed to seek advice from their lawyers on whether to pursue the matter at international court.
We have established that the killing of people particularly in Kisumu and Siaya is a plot to profile the people and create ethnic clashes so that Luo’s are perceived violent”.
The leaders said Eric Kiraithe will also be treated with criminal charges for making a damning statement that the demonstrations were as a plot at coup against the government.
Orengo further said that the meeting resolved that Cord’s weekly protests will now be conducted on Monday and Thursday next week before it grows to four and finally everyday. Meanwhile some members of the parliament are holding talks on the fact of electoral commission.
However, the opposition still insists that the current debate is not in conformity with their aim to determine the fate of IEBC through dialogue.