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Sunday, 22 May 2016
Please protect us, Cord pleads with police in IEBC standoff
Due to these concerns, Cord leaders led by Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama and his Orengo asked the police to protect them during the demonstrations.
Speaking at a press conference prior to the protests on Sunday, May 22, Muthama and Orengo asked the police to pick them at Uhuru Park before and accord them security as they march to IEBC offices.
“We contacted the police that three legislatures have procured young men from criminal gangs to infiltrate the demonstrations giving details on where the crude weapons have been kept, people involved in planning and how they plan to execute the chaos,” Orengo said during the press briefing.
pushing for the disbandment of the IEBC, and claim that the body as currently constituted cannot oversee a free and fair election in 2017.
Their claims are anchored on several reasons including what they are calling lack of fundamental reforms at IEBC, but the one claim that has jolted them into action was the agency’s verdict on Okoa Kenya Initiative.
Raila claims that the verdict that led to the collapse of the initiative was arrived at from a partisan view by IEBC, and that there was a likelihood that the commission would bungle the general election of 2017.