CORD has accused the ruling party of plotting to incite civil unrest through violence during the anti-IEBC protests against electoral commissioners. This bring an unexpected twist to the entire IEBC protests.
The party’s co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka went ahead to mention three Jubilee politicians who he said were mobilising some trouble-making men to cause civil war on the streets of Nairobi on Monday.
According to the former Vice President, the Jubilee politicians who have plotted out the forthcoming crisis include Starehe MP Maina Kamanda, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria and Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru.
Kalonzo also said Jubilee is promoting ethnic polarisation and alleged that the Inspector General of Police is incompetent since he can’t capture gangs, he alleged, that were hired to tarnish CORD rallies.
“We do not have a problem with the Gikuyu, Embu, Meru Association (Gema) or our colleagues in politics. We have a problem with IEBC. We do not mind Jubilee protesting in support of IEBC, but we have a problem when Waweru, Kuria and Kamanda organise goons to disrupt CORD rallies because that is criminal. The three have hired goons associated with Gema to cause civil war on Monday (tomorrow)”.
In response, National Police Service spokesperson George Kinoti said such claims are false and intended to mitigate the group’s failure. Kinoti added that police will treat all criminal acts equally as prescribed by the law.
Kalonzo added that the IEBC stand-off would only be resolved if the country’s superpowers would agree on a deal and advise their respective members of Parliament on the way forward.
He said leaders like President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, CORD leaders Raila Odinga, Moses Wetang’ula and himself will be sitting to agree on how to proceed. The co-principal further said that taking the matter to Parliament is something far-reaching because they have only Wetangu’la there. And since the rest of the political leadership is apparently not in their favour, they have decided to have it sorted out themselves.
The opposition then urged police to provide security during anti-IEBC protests following the allegations that Jubilee politicians are planning to hire armed criminal gangs to cause chaos.
Cord Steering Committee co-chair James Orengo had this to say.
“We have forwarded details on where the crude weapons are being kept, people involved in planning, and how they plan to execute the chaos.”
Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama said today’s protests will start at 9am. He urged Cord supporters to gather at Uhuru Park in Nairobi. Muthama urged police to escort protesters from the park and provide security throughout the protests.
The opposition has been staging demonstrations to get IEBC commissioners out of office. Jubilee leaders on the other hand insist CORD must achieve the demand through the Parliament.
Meanwhile Gema had warned the opposition to stop the street protests and pay Sh100 million as compensation for alleged business losses arising from the demonstrations.
The Gema officials warned that should the demos proceed as planned, their members will also be on the streets tomorrow to counter the CORD protesters. The official is reported to have said:
“We Gema Nairobi Branch, are demanding that CORD takes responsibility and pays the amount of more than Sh100 million being demanded by aggrieved parties before Monday May 23, failure to which we will meet them on the streets one on one come Monday.”
Kuria also accused Kalonzo of being part of what he said is a “bigger plot to destabilise the country”.
The Gatundu South MP said it was not lost on Kenyans that CORD started the protests almost immediately after all the Kenyan cases at the International Criminal Court (ICC) collapsed. He said even a small child can see through CORD’s plan that they want violence so as to revive the cases at the ICC.
Kuria added that they will be asking the United Nations through Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to note the impending threat to Kenya and regional security arising from the calculated actions and schemes by CORD to destabilise the country and cause a wave of violence. He added:
“The idea is to provoke reactions and retaliations from those who do not subscribe to their philosophy of violence in order to revive cases at the ICC.”