CJ Mutunga condemns tear-gassing of CORD protesters

By KBC Reporter

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has joined a section of Kenyans who have publicly condemned the tear gassing of CORD protesters who stormed Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC’S) headquarters offices on Monday demanding for the reconstitution of the electoral body.

On his twitter account Mutunga quoted American writer and Nobel Prize laureate William Faulkner’s quote “is my very painful reflection that tear gassing of peaceful demonstrations has not been our past since our independence”.

Mutunga was among those involved in the struggle for the second liberation and were repeatedly beaten up by police in early 90s.

Meanwhile, Police Tuesday morning lobbed teargas canisters to disperse a group of ODM party members in Kisumu who were demonstrating against IEBC following the botched protest in Nairobi on Monday.

The group which was led by Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma and local MCAs was marching to the commission’s office when they were dispersed by the police. However, the Central Gem MCA Fred Ouda chained himself on the IEBC gate.

Ouda who was arrested by the police said he decided to take such an action to protest the tear-gassing of the opposition leaders.

In addition, more police officers have been deployed to IEBC’s offices over fears Cord will hold more demonstrations to attempt to forcefully remove the commissioners from office.

Police said they had reports that the Opposition leaders planned to return to Anniversary Towers in Nairobi on Tuesday.

CORD leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula were among Cord leaders who were tear-gassed by anti-riot officers under strict instructions to avert the protests by about 500 people.  Key among Cord’s concerns is the rejection of its Okoa Kenya initiative by IEBC for failure to meet the one million constitutional threshold for signatures.

IEBC however, said it was ready to receive the coalition and engage any othe stakeholder over their concerns.

  

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