Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi has accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of wasting the blood of innocent Kenyans at CORD’s weekly ‘deadly mondays chaos’ protests.
He added that the president should be held accountable if the recent stand-off on IEBC results into full-blown ethnic war.
The political leader further said the impasse remains consistent because the president is avoiding to embark on dialogue over IEBC fate. The police excessive use of force to disperse protesters, he says, will lead to uncontrollable security issue.
He urged Uhuru to stop hiding behind the law and realize that the protests are against IEBC, not Jubilee and listen to dissenting voices. He said:
“The president can initiate a political process that will bring people together warring parties.”
He also called for the resignation of Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery and Inspector General of police Joseph Boinnet for their incompetence in handling “ordinary” protest. Mudavadi said police followed the order by their superiors prior to the demonstrations to unleash war on unarmed civilians during anti-IEBC protests. He said:
“Police follow orders and when the CS Interior issues threats, he is instructing police to commit crimes for which he should be held accountable.”
He spoke after a meeting to discuss rising tension and political violence in the country with the British High Commissioner Nic Hailey on Tuesday.
“Even IEBC has the gauntlet and acknowledged that changes must be brought through a political negotiation. Protests arise when one side is not listening to the other. The president and his team are alone on insisting on a legal process that should come at the tail end of dialogue on changes. Police brutality and disruption on normal life is illegal. Street protests are constitutional.”
Mudavadi said the Jubilee government has avoided police reforms making the ground leveled for the culture of police brutality.
Kuresoi South MP Zakayo Cheruiyot also had accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of failing to address the uproar over the electoral body by hiding under the mask of the Constitution.
Mr Cheruiyot said that former police boss David Kimayo and EACC commissioners were relieved of their duties, yet the Constitution protected their tenure.
“What is there for the Government in the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission? Commissioners of other commissions were sent home. The President must therefore act over IEBC unless the Government has a sinister motive.”
Speaking at Valley Teachers Training College in Bureti Constituency, the Mp explained that Kenyans, including the Church, have expressed their stance over IEBC. He urged the president to make Kenyans view point his priority in deciding on IEBC stand-off.