CORD Leaders Calls off mass protest

CORD leaders have called for peaceful street demonstrations to protest the amendment of electoral laws pushed forward by Jubilee allied MPs.

CORD leader Raila Odinga made the declaration at his Capitol Hill office in Nairobi saying demonstrations will start on January 4 and will continue until the amendments are reversed.

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“We have consulted and come to the conclusion that Jubilee is not ready for free and fair elections, and we cannot take part in fake elections,” he said.

The CORD Leaders; Raila Odinga (ODM), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) and Moses Wetangula (Ford-Kenya) told the press that the laws were changed as part of a plot to rig the upcoming polls. They vowed to employ all available legal avenues to challenge the decision.

The ruling administration moved to re-introduce the manual election results transmission in cases where the electronic system fails. They passed the laws on Thursday after Cord MPs walked out on proceedings.

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Raila said the amendments demonstrate Jubilee’s “appetite to stay in power, survive on impunity and marginalize poor citizens”.

“We cannot go into an election when we know they have plans to steal. DP William Ruto is on record saying Jubilee will win by all means. He must know Kenya is not his. We will demonstrate until we have a democratic election next year.”

Kalonzo Musyoka, a CORD co-principal, added that Jubilee was frustrating justice. He said that the acrimonious passage of changes to the law will not cause them to give up the fight.

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“ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and Kanu secretary general Nick Salat are also with us and want peaceful and credible elections,” he said.