One might be wondering why President Uhuru cancelled IEBC dialogue with opposition despite the intense push by opposition and the impending bloodshed the decision is bound to attract?
Apparently, President Uhuru Kenyatta does not want dialogue over the issue for an obvious reason; because he feels opposition leader Raila Odinga is oppressing and harassing him into carrying out major constitutional reforms, multiple sources within the presidency say.
After the meeting between the two rival on Tuesday, Raila repeatedly said that the President had agreed to hold talks on the IEBC but suddenly changed his mind.
Uhuru invited Raila and his Cord co-principal Moses Wetang’ula to State House last Tuesday in order to have a listen to what the opposition really wanted about disbandment and reform of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
But he was shocked to learn that opposition had penned down a long list of constitutional changes, the sources say. President Uhuru thinks it is not just about the two coalitions as Jubilee and Cord are not the only overseers of the constitution. On that note, he decided to call off the meeting
It was also found that opposition leaders told the president that they would like the country to decide whether or not the Supreme Court was necessary since according to them, it has not been effective in delivering justice.
This is probably because the court dismissed Raila’s case when he challenged Jubilee presidential win. It insisted president Uhuru won with a tiny gap.
The court which was created by the constitution is the highest court and it determines election cases when presidential results are disputed.
Cord also asked the President to review the constitutional guarantee of five-year terms for governors because it is a needful thing to do.
The coalition also suggested that political parties should be granted the powers to recall any governor who, once in office, revels against the coalition on whose ticket they were elected.
The current stipulations in the constitution provide that a governor can only be sacked for utter violation of the constitution, commission of a crime under national or international law, abuse of office and physical or mental incapacity.
Cord leaders also told Uhuru that a parliamentary system, with an executive Prime Minister, is best for the country.
The opposition has been holding agitations against electoral commission. They say the commission works only in favour of Jubilee, demanding the disbandment of the commission as well as its reformation.
On Monday, June 6, the party held its fifth demonstration and lives were lost in Kisumu as one man was gunned to death, making it four people who have been killed since the last demo. At least six suffered gunshot wounds.
Police did not split up demonstrations in Nairobi, even though protesters burned tyres in Kibera
Interior PS Karanja Kibicho also revealed that during yesterday’s protest n kisumu, six supermarkets were looted and protesters tried unsuccessfully to burn Kondele Police Station.
“We are not handling people who want the best of the country. If they all want electoral reforms, why are they destroying private property? The police were very restrained in their response and we asked them to allow demonstrators to picket. But look at what we ended up with,” Kibicho said.
A six-year old Jeremy Otieno Adongo was hit by bullet in Kisumu while at the family house at Kasule, Manyatta Estate. Doctors at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital removed the bullet and reported that he is in stable condition.