Five Jubilee MPs have asked for Cord Principal Raila’s arrest if he leads his party supporters to the offices of the IEBC commissioners on Monday as he has promised to do.
In an attempt to deter the opposition leaders from disturbing public peace once more, the lawmakers once more filed a case against the Cord coalition, accusing Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Weteng’ula of treason. The petition, filed as urgent, was submitted on Thursday.
In the petition, the five Jubilee MPs said Cord co-principals disregarded the constitution and mapped out a well-thought out plan to incite Kenyans against the seating government before the 2017 general election.
The petition, submitted by lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui to Justice Isaac Lenoala, reads:
“They have threatened to incite Kenyans to boycott the 2017 general election and to storm the offices of the IEBC every Monday should the current commissioners not resign or be removed and the IEBC reconstituted.”
The five Jubilee MPs, including Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Dennis Waweru (Dagoretti South), Kimani Ichung’wa (Kikuyu), Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete) and Alice Ng’ang’a (Thika), told Justice Isaac Lenaola that the actions of the opposition party leaders against Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission headquarters on Monday were illegitmate. The MPs therefore urged the court not to overlook such insult on the country’s constitution, and to rule for Raila’s arrest.
The Judge directed Kinyanjui to serve Cord leaders with suit papers through newspapers before the date of the hearing. Justice Isaac Lenaola revealed the suit will be advertised in one of the dailies for the public to keep abreast of the proceedings.
On Monday, Cord principals and the party’s supporters took to the streets of IEBC office to agitate against the commission. Before the protest, Cord leaders had been warned by police to opt for a more responsible alternative in getting the matter addressed.
When Cord insisted, they were met with harsh treatment from the police, as they were teargassed when they marched to the gates of the IEBC. The coalition, however, have promised to make the agitation a weekly occurrence until the commission is dissolved.
President Uhuru released a statement warning that his administration would not tolerate destructive protests.
The five Jubilee MPs called on the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet to guarantee security to the overall public by grabbing Raila, Kalonzo and Wetang’ula if they or their supporters cause unrest to the public or carryout destructive demonstrations a second time.
Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police Josaeph Boinett has cautioned Police officers assigned to VIPs not to be a party of law infringement, even when on duty. According to him, those officers who deviate from the principles of their service in upholding law and order in the country, would face disciplinary action.