Raila Odinga has dressed down Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet for their numerous reprimands against the participation of police attached to VIPs in the protest.
This is after Police had warned officers guarding Cord leaders and other VIPs, to desist from breaking the law by joining the protest. The opposition chief slammed the police department, saying that they render independent service to the country by focusing only on the interest of the ruling party.
According to Raila:
“Boinnet is worse than his predecessor. Kimayo was an intelligent man. How can Boinnet say that all police officers guarding VIPs will be disciplined if they protect leaders who participate in demonstrations?
Speaking on Sunday at Sirongo Beach in Bondo constituency, Raila questioned Boinnet intention’s for making such statement.
“Do you want Kalonzo, Wetang’ula and me to be molested and harmed or what is your intention by withdrawing our security during demonstrations? That is violating the law because as the former Prime Minister and Kalonzo as the former Vice President, we are entitled to state protection.
Raila also expressed his coalition’s determination to go on with the protest, stating that Cord can not be bent to quit its protest unless the IEBC commissioners head home for good. He added that the commission has questionable reputation simply because her present leaders work in favour of only the Jubilee administration.
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission officials have no business being in office, “because they have violated the constitution on many occasions and cannot be trusted to oversee next year’s election”.
Others present were Siaya Senator James Orengo and MPs Gideon Ochanda (Bondo), Fred Outa (Nyando) and Silvance Osele (Kasipul).
Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery earlier said that the Government will not allow anyone to incite the public to engage in activities that are threatening to the peace and stability of the country.
Emphasising that security team will not allow such demonstration, Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery urged the agitating leaders to adhere to the law in addressing their grievances on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioners.
Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery accused CORD’s forceful attempt to throw the commissioners out of their offices as driven by hunger for power, adding that their motives are wrapped in an agenda to cause chaos and destruction of property in the country.
He asked the Opposition to stick to the Constitution and do the right thing as far as removal of IEBC commissioners from office is concerned, questioning if they can’t agitate without storming the commissioner’s offices.
Raila on the other hand, had said Cord is willing to negotiate with Jubliee on electoral reforms, but will not do that under compulsion. He added that the dialogue must be structured for the coalition to be involved.
Listing the conditions and terms which they plan to propose in the dialogue, CORD leader said they want complete electoral reforms, including cutting-down the number of IEBC commissioners from nine to seven or even six and reviewing the reporting of presidential election results.
Raila also added that IEBC must be lean and representative. Also among the list is the need for IEBC chair to be rotational every one to two years to avoid the chair building great influence on the rest of the commission.