Kenya police fires teargas to quell Raila protest  


Raila Odinga in white with other Cord leaders


Kenya anti-riot police fired teargas canisters and shots in the air to disperse a protest match led by opposition leader Raila Odinga.

CORD leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula meant to storm the offices of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

They had just arrived with their supporters at Anniversary Towers [IEBC offices] when anti-riot police intercepted them.

Nairobi County police commander Japheth Koome had earlier said that the Cord leaders would not be allowed to stage a sit-in at the IEBC offices.

After the foiled sit-in protest, Raila said in a tweet that Kenyans note with concern the silence, secrecy, denial and general incompetence surrounding IEBC 15 months to the next election.

“3 years after an election characterised by missing Forms 34s and ever shifting numbers in the voter register, virtually nothing is going on.”

He said if Kenyans are asked whether the know any concrete steps taken by IEB to prepare for the 2017 polls, the honest answer will be No.

“The ground is being laid for another last-minute dash that paves the way for monumental corruption and, eventually, national grand failure.”


Kenya anti-riot police

Odinga said instead, Jubilee government and IEBC are arguing against reforms whose aim is to mend the democratic process to reflect the will of Kenyans.

“We are being told to sit back and wait for a miracle.”

In along article published by Daily Nation earlier, Raila said on March 4, 2013, Kenyans went to the polls expecting free, fair and transparent elections meeting most international standards.

“We put our money where our hopes were; giving the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission billions of shillings to buy equipment that would make the elections meet our expectations. We now know some of that equipment arrived quietly after elections.”

He said it was clear that the IEBC planned to deliver what it was later to call ‘Third World Elections’.

He said the ground is being laid for another last-minute dash that paves the way for monumental corruption and, eventually, national grand failure.

“Two years after the failure, Kenyans cannot say that they know anything that the IEBC is doing to ensure all citizens of voting age are registered or to get elections, including transmission of results, right.”

“Donor nations that have persistently called for transparency and accountability have continued to do business with IEBC through the UNDP, as if nothing happened. IEBC is in deep denial, fighting credible accusations of incompetence, graft and failure.”

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