IEBC offices under tight security ahead of CORD demo

By Margaret Kalekye

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission headquarters in Nairobi is under tight security ahead of opposition’s protest to force Commissioners of the electoral body out of office.

A heavy contingent of police officers has been deployed outside Anniversary Towers and cordoned off the area.

Police water trucks have been parked at the entrance of anniversary towers where the IEBC offices are housed.

Nairobi county commander Japheth Koome has issued a warning to the demonstrators to keep off the area saying that they will not allow acts of violence prevail in the city.

Addressing journalists outside the IEBC offices, Koome said he will not allow the CORD supporters to storm the offices.

“ We have information that rioting youths have been hired and are intoxicated and are armed with crude weapons. We will not allow anyone to disrupt peace and order” he warned.

Anti-riot officers are also keeping guard around the area. CORD leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula have not yet arrived.

In Kisumu, residents turned up in large numbers for the anti-IEBC demonstrations which so far is peaceful.

Kisumu Deputy Governor Ruth Odinga is leading the protests to eject the IEBC officials at the County.

The protestors are marching through the streets of Kisumu chanting anti-IEBC slogans. They are demanding that the IEBC team quits and a fresh one re-constituted.

Cord leaders on Sunday vowed to continue with their planned countrywide protests to kick out the IEBC team.

Siaya Senator James Orengo said the demonstrations will take place on Monday starting at 10 am at the IEBC Headquarters at the Anniversary Towers and all its offices at the Counties.

Previous attempts to storm the offices was thwarted by police after they fired teargas at the opposition who included  CORD leaders Raila Odinga, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Senators Moses Wetang’ula (Bungoma), James Orengo (Siaya) and Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu).

The IEBC Commissioners led by their Chairman Isaack Hassan have stated they would only resign if CORD leader Raila Odinga proves they have been compromised by the Jubilee government.

The government has warned against the protests and urged the opposition to follow the law as far as removal of the Isaack Hassan team is concerned.

 

More updates to follow….

 

  

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