The Opposition has said it is planning “the mother of all demos” today to force IEBC commissioners out of office, and accused the Government of planning to cause chaos. This comes as a Jubilee MP has written to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, accusing Opposition leaders of leading protests that are “a threat to regional peace and security.” At the same time, National Assembly Majority Aden Duale scoffed at the CORD claims that Jubilee was planning to plant hooligans to disrupt the anti-IEBC protests.
Yesterday, CORD said today’s protests would be the “mother” of the last three demonstrations, as they had prepared their supporters in Kisumu, Mombasa, Kakamega and all other major towns across the country. “We know they (Jubilee) have plans to bring youths to disrupt our demonstrations,” claimed Senator Johnstone Muthama.CORD’s co-ordinating committee members, Johnstome Mutahama and James Orengo, spoke at a press conference yesterday when they confirmed today’s protests against the electoral commission would go on.
The two, and a host of the Opposition lawmakers, alleged plans by certain MPs from Jubilee to hire youth to counter their “peaceful” anti-IEBC protests today. Muthama said they would not be cowed by police brutality in their quest to disband the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ahead of the 2017 polls. “Those who thought we would be cowed by police brutality, we want to tell them we will not stop,” he added.
The standoff over the electoral commission assumed an international angle after Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria wrote to Mr Ban, requesting a meeting to discuss the threats allegedly posed by CORD leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula. Dismissing Kalonzo’s chaos claims, Duale told police to be vigilant and provide security during the protests. “The police are under obligation to protect the protesters and deal with any criminal elements. They must protect the people and their property,” said Duale.
“Kalonzo is a product of a different era in history. He has no iota of reformist credentials in his bag. He is not used to teargas and Raila should get more hardened people to help him in his protests. I suspect he wants to exit the protests. However, it is very ironical for a former prime minister, a former vice president and a former minister for foreign affairs to sit on the tarmac when there exists a Constitution which they supported”, he added.