CORD has said that her leader Raila’s car, which was reportedly hit by a bullet during the protests against the electoral commission yesterday, was an attempt to slaughter the party leader.
The shattered windscreen was pictured yesterday by the party spokesman Philip Etale who said Raila was in the grey sports utility vehicle before the security agency directly carried out the attack on his life by firing bullets at it.
The Orange Democratic Movement’s spokesman Philip Etale also said the party supporters are treating the shot as an assassination attempt.
Mr Etale added that police detained a journalist who was trying to collect the spent cartridges which hit the car even though some have alleged that it was a stone scar.
It was not clear what shattered the windscreen but it appeared to be a single projectile. Raila drove off after the incident. War erupted during the peaceful anti-IEBC demonstration.
An eyewitness who narrated the incident said heavily armed riot police fired ammunition and teargas to split up thousands of protesters calling for the removal of the IEBC along University Way.
According to the narration, it all began the moment Siaya Senator James Orengo rounded up with his speech following Machakos Senator Johnston Muthama speech.
Then Orengo shouted to the crowd several times: “Who killed Jacob Juma?” “Ruto!” the crowd chanted in response, an apparent reference to Deputy President William Ruto.
Police reportedly stormed into the place at this point and began attacking the agitators. The security agents are reported to have clobbered on the civilians, leaving scores injured, as a number of them were bundled off in a van.
Meanwhile, Cord has said it will go to court today to petition for the sacking of Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission commissioners.
To substantiate their allegation, the opposition will make reference to ‘Chickengate’ convictions of Smith and Ouzman officials in the UK courts, a TNA press conference that took place prior to the termination of Okoa petition by IEBC and the critical findings of the Public Accounts Committee report on the IEBC.
According to the petition by Minority Leader Jakoyo Midiwo through Julius Juma and Company Advocates, Jubilee is determined to keep the 1st respondent and the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 9th Respondents in the office, at the expense of the constitution, strictly because of the role that they will be playing for them during the 2017 elections.
The respondents are the IEBC commissioners Isaak Hassan, Thomas Letangule, Yusuf Nzibo, Lilian Mahiri Zala, Albert Bwire, Kule Galma Godana, Abdulahi Sharawe, Muthoni J. Wangai and Mohamed Alawi.
Midiwo’s petition accuses the commissioners of performing less than what is expected in Chapter Six of the constitution on Leadership and Integrity. Gem MP Midiwo argues that the respondents have conducted themselves in a manner that is not only at variance with the constitution but also threatens the peace of the country.
The petition also accuses the IEBC Commissioners openly working just for Jubilee which has been defending the commissioners. The petition claims that the IEBC may even stop Cord from contesting the election in 2017.
According to Midiwo.
“It is the petitioner’s contention that the respondents have now made a decision to bar CORD from participating in the next general election for leading its supporters in protest against the respondents.”
Midiwo adds that the IEBC commissioners must be seen to be scrupulously impartial by all.
The petitioner also avers that the Supreme Court of Kenya in their Ruling, which was delivered in the petition that was filed by the Hon. Raila Odinga against President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2013, identified some failures on the part of the respondents which merely confirm their inability to be in control of the coming election.
The petition argues that the loopholes of IEBC in 2013 remain unaddressed and will tarnish 2017 elections.