CORD has dished out some new conditions before ending protests as the party insists Jubilee must bow to dialogue.
The coalition, which has been holding weekly protests, said if the ruling party remains defiant by next week, the protest will be twice in one week. It adds that the following week would be four times in one week should they remain mum. And finally, it will turn into a daily business when still ignored in the next three weeks.
The party in a press conference, also thanked the court for ruling that they have the right to protest. Its spokesperson also said that the court recognized the indications that so far, the party has engage in peaceful protests before the police brutality ever began.
Two people were killed in latest protest apart from last’s week’s protest that saw at least three deaths.
Recall that the coalition has vowed to take IG Joseph Boinnet to court, holding him responsible for the police killings. Before the killing, many aggressive Kibera youths gathered for protests against the IEBC, carrying crude weapons, stones in sacks and sufurias.
They were seen marching to Nairobi CBD, singing “IEBC must go” and waving placards with similar messages. Along Thika Superhighway, youths from Mathare fired stones at vehicles while others set tyres on fire and used them to block roads, forcing motorists to switch routes.
In Migori, demonstrators took to the streets on Sunday, moments after 9pm news, when they realised dialogue has been ditched by the ruling party. One vehicle was razed down with fire by Kisumu protesters as they engaged police in running battles.
In a bid to disperse the agitators, Police began shooting in the air, but were overpowered by the crowd that took over the town. Meanwhile in Nairobi, Police watched Cord leaders and their supporters head to IEBC’s Nairobi offices during latest Monday protest.
Co-principals Raila Odinga and Moses Wetang’ula led crowds in the march to Anniversary Towers, the headquarters of the commission. Their supporters swept the streets as the leader progressed while others whistled and danced. Some carried placards that read “IEBC must go” and “Kenyans don’t trust IEBC”.
Majority of business premises in the CBD were shut down and a few police officers were sighted along University Way in Nairobi.
The city centre was peaceful but that was not the case in some parts of the country where protests are being held as well. The High Court refused to rule against opposition’s protests, calling on IG Joseph Boinnet to deploy police to grant security during demonstration.
Earlier, police spokesman Charles Owino had lauded the police for doing a good job during last’s week IEBC killings, after about four people got killed. Raila Odinga lashed the police spokesman for “speaking irresponsibly and recklessly.”
“It is wrong for someone called Owino, a police spokesman from our community, to talk recklessly and say police are allowed to kill,” Raila said at Kirembe grounds in Kisumu.
“If you live by the sword, you die by it. I hear he wants to contest for a seat here, tell him ‘ng’oooo’ (No).”
He added in the Luo language: ” Nyathi mofuwo ka min mare (A child as stupid as his mother).” Raila said it was wrong for police to kill Odhiambo, who was actually not among the protesters.
Owino Raila replied by expressing his regrets that Raila Odinga accuse him despite having full knowledge of the arms of government during his service as Prime Minister.