A handful of North-eastern leaders have asked the Opposition leaders to apologize for an alleged call by anti-IEBC protesters for Issack Hassan to go back to Somalia.
Leaders who supported the chairman described the remarks as demeaning and disrespectful, and said they were issued in bad faith against a Kenyan.
Garissa Senator Yussuf Haji said:
“Asking Hassan to go back to Somalia is an insult to the Somali community. Those saying so are doing so out of ignorance since we are part and parcel of this country.”
About Raila’s comment, the leaders said it is very disappointing that a person of his stature organises demonstrations by assembling a group of smokers and drunkards whose sole aim is to engage in lawlessness.
The chairman, who spoke at al Manar Madrasa during a funds drive on Sunday, said the call isn’t right and as such demands that the IEBC should be apologized to. Others present were National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale and MPs Ibrahim Abass (Ijara), Barre Shiil (Fafi), Abdi Farah (Mandera East), Mohamed Shidiye (Lagdera), Mohamed Dahiye (Daddab) and Abdinoor Mohamed(Nominated).
Seconding the call for an apology was National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, who was the chief guest. He railed that no one can change Hassan’s status of being Kenyan and demanded that IEBC deserves an apology from the opposition.
Muturi urged Jubilee and Cord leaders to be careful about their utterances and how they try to stifle the rule of law lest they lead the country into anarchy. Meanwhile MPs have said that IEBC chairman Issack Hassan is among nine commissioners who will leave office before the expiry of their terms in 2017.
Hassan, Thomas Letangule and Mohammed Alawi are adversely named in a report by the Public Accounts Committee. The report had been presented to the House in March but it is yet to be debated and adopted or rejected. If the changes go through, a permanent multi-sectoral selection panel of seven members will be formed to recruit me.
Majority and minority parties will have to nominate two members each to the panel, while professional and religious bodies will share the remaining slots. Cord leader Raila Odinga, Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula have been pushing to kick out IEBC commissioners.
They have accused the IEBC of colluding with Jubilee to manipulate the election, as well as trampling their efforts for the Okoa Kenya referendum to be effective. Hassan was netted into a ChickenGate scandal by the Serious Fraud Office in Britain for reportedly collecting bribes to influence the awarding of tenders to print ballot papers. Hassan denied any involvement to the allegation on March 9.
South Mugirango MP Manson Nyamweya has called on the IEBC commissioners to resign because Kenyans have lost trust in them. Nyamweya said:
“He said the commission failed the test during the 2013 general election and cannot be trusted to conduct credible polls next year.”
“It’s time the team leaves office”
However, Muranga and central region TNA coordinator John Muhia on Sunday said CORD wants to have the IEBC sent parking in a wider scheme. He said if IEBC is kicked out of office, it will take quite some time to welcome new commissioners that will lead the election. John Muhia said:
“This will mean when the next polls arrive and government dissolved since the day of voting is clear, there will be no IEBC.”
The TNA boss said that CORD will take advantage of the ensuing constitutional crisis to demand for equal share of a transitional government. The official said:
“Raila and his men have realized they will be trounced by Jubilee and the only way is to force a government of half bread.”
He called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to safeguard the constitution and deal firmly with CORD, since it is out to cause chaos in the country. As for the counter protest, Muhia said they are set to receive a signal from TNA Secretary General so that Jubilee supporters flood the streets.