CORD claims there’s plot to charge them with treason

By Sylvester Ruto/kna

Coalition on Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leaders has claimed that there is a plot to arrest them on treason charges.

CORD Principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula told journalists in Nairobi Wednesday afternoon that they have in their possession a copy of a secret letter allegedly written by Chief of Staff and Head of the Public Service Joseph Kinyua addressed to Solicitor General Njee Muturi and copied to Attorney General Githu Muigai inquiring about the application of the treason law when it comes to alleged political incitement by the opposition.

The CORD leaders said that the alleged letter clearly shows government’s intention to arrest and detain them on fabricated charges to silence the opposition.

They claimed that the letter was written by the National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC) as part of the resolutions adopted in a meeting held on 23rd June.

Elsewhere, Opposition leader Raila Odinga Wednesday afternoon in Nairobi held in-depth discussion with a section of Opposition MPs from South Sudan who briefed him on the situation in Juba.

During the meeting, Mr Odinga appealed to the international community to do more to end the violence in the young African nation and initiate a process of national dialogue about a transition government that can bring peace to the country.

Developments in South Sudan are similar to what happened in Kenya so soon after independence when Jomo Kenyatta and his deputy Jaramogi Oginga Odinga parted ways. If not dealt with firmly and urgently now, I fear they could launch the new country into a prolonged era of suspicion and mistrust that will haunt it for a very long time,” Mr Odinga said adding that he will “remain engaged on issue of South Sudan.”

The South Sudan leaders lamented that a “tragic calamity” continues to unfold in their country, even as the world appears to grow weary.

“In Juba, no one ever thought he would take arms to fight the Government. The war came as a surprise and it spared no one. It has killed even religious leaders,” head of the delegation Mr John Jok Chol said.

He said there is indiscriminate killing of children and women, describing the killings as “ethnic and deliberate.”

“We are coming here to tell you that we have a problem. We are yearning for peace in South Sudan. We cannot bring back to life those who have already been killed. But we are asking that those who have not been killed be saved from death.”

The leaders said foreign governments are busy supplying arms and expertise and fueling war while the whole struggle to break up from the North is becoming a mockery.
Mr Odinga appealed to the leadership of South Sudan to take forceful steps to end the violence and implement the cessation of hostilities agreement.

The CORD leader also appealed to President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar to open the doors to dialogue and honest discussions on how to meet the growing needs of the people of South Sudan.

The South Sudan leaders included Members of the South Sudan National Assembly John Jock Chol and Michael Mot Diew and Daniel Wuor Joak and Sarah Nyanath Yoang, former ministers respectively for Education, Science and Technology and Gender and Social Development in Upper Nile State before the war broke out last December.

Mr Joak is currently SPLM’s representative in Norway and the Scandinavian countries.

Mr Odinga emphasized that the choices that the Opposition, the government and the international community face in South Sudan are stark and dire and further delays will lead to unspeakable human costs.

He pledged to lobby the international community to take renewed interest in South Sudan.