President Uhuru Kenyatta is holding talks with opposition leader Raila Odinga to cool off the tensions over IEBC disbandment ahead of elections next year. Kenyatta meets Raila after an invitational call.
Mr Odinga shortened his attendance at a funeral in the south-western town of Natol to attend the meeting with Mr Kenyatta in the capital, Nairobi. He told mourners:
“I just got a call from State House for a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta. I request your permission as the people of Narok to go and talk to him.”
“I will announce to Kenyans if we agree, and we if don’t, I will also let you know.”
The meeting, which is right happening now, is expected to circle around the sacking of IEBC commissioners. It will also determine whether Cord’s planned Madaraka Day rally in Uhuru Park will take place on Wednesday.
The meeting initiated by the President will feature Cord members led by their co-principal, Raila Odinga and Moses Wetang’ula. Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka is in China.
On Monday, the coalition filed a petition to be allowed to hold their rally. Justice George Odunga will hear the petition this afternoon. Mr Odinga’s Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) has sworn to press ahead with a rally in Nairobi tomorrow, despite the fact that the government called it off.
Several people were murdered during the IEBC protest when it turned violent this month between police and opposition supporters demanding electoral reforms.
Following the killings, Cord suspended demonstrations against the IEBC temporarily, and then issued a 10 day deadline to the government to respond to dialogue calls.
But the government dismissed the chance of holding discussions with the opposition over the reconstitution of the electoral body. Uhuru said removal of IEBC officers can only be done within the provisions of the law.