Archive for May, 2016

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Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has joined calls in calling for the disbandment of the IEBC.  The governor also condemned the ugly scenes that were witnessed yesterday during demonstrations by the opposition. He said expressed his dismay at the use by excessive force by the police towards demonstrators.

The scenes witnessed yesterday have sparked a debate over the Police brutality with Kenyans condemning them.

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Below is Kidero’s statement;

‘’I strongly condemn yesterday’s reckless and excessive use of force by the Kenyan Police to disperse peaceful demonstrators who have been calling for the removal of Commissioners at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and which has now led to the death of one of the protestors.

The violence exhibited yesterday undermines the gains made by Nairobi as the City to invest, work and live in. Investors thrive in an environment where they have confidence that the rule of law will be upheld and their properties will not be looted or destroyed. Everything should be done to ensure this confidence is not eroded as the city also prepares to host the second United Nations Environment Assembly and UNCTAD/TICAD conferences.

I am dismayed at the use of excessive force towards the demonstrators who were exercising their constitutional rights. This was totally uncalled for, the police are expected to protect wananchi and nothing can justify the physical attacks on peaceful demonstrators who were expressing themselves in a manner allowed by the Kenyan constitution. The government must immediately send clear instructions to the Police to stop this excessive use of force and prosecute officers who have used extreme force against protestors. The Kenyan government must respect the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in Kenya.

IEBC must be disbanded they cannot be trusted to oversee free and fair elections.’’

In the meantime, the Inspector General of Police has ordered an internal investigations to the excessive use of force by the police yesterday.

‘’I condemn the lawlessness visited on the public by rioters yesterday and an internal inquiry is underway to determine to determine whether any police officer broke any law while quelling the riots’’ the Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinnet told reporters.

IEBC

Today the Standard Newspaper carried a story on How the Independent Electoral Commission (IEBC) has enlisted the Koreans to rig the next general elections.

According to the report, CORD co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka is claiming that a commissioner with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had visited Korea to seek help on programming the Biometric Voting Registers (BVRs) in readiness for election tampering.

IEBC has now come out strongly dismissing the allegation terming them as CORD’s systematic but unfounded misinformation and propaganda to discredit the Commission and preparations for the next General Elections.

IEBC says Commissioner Thomas Letangule, who is alleged to have taken the BVR kits to Korea for “tampering in readiness for elections,” traveled to Seoul to observe Korean parliamentary elections under the auspices of the Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB).

IEBC is a member of A-WEB, with which it has signed a memorandum of understanding on training and capacity building in election management. Under this MOU, IEBC staff have benefited from training and collaboration with 160 other electoral management bodies worldwide that A-WEB brings together.

”Mr. Musyoka’s remarks not only hurt the relationship we have nurtured with A-WEB for over two years, but also runs against the CORD Coalitions’ own calls for improvement of the IEBC capacity to manage elections” The commission said in statement.

Mr. Musyoka made the remarks during CORD’s second public demonstration in Nairobi demanding the removal of IEBC commissioners before next general elections.