Posts Tagged ‘CORD’

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Just the other day President Uhuru Kenyatta in an address to the nation said that he had agreed to form a team that would seek to end the current stalemate on IEBC.

According to the president, he made the decision following consultations with speakers of the Senate and the National Assembly and religious leaders.

“A joint select committee of both Houses of Parliament will be set up in accordance with Standing Orders of both Houses with keen mandate exclusively limited to the matter of IEBC,” The President said.

He also called on the opposition, CORD to soften their stand on the issue and agree on seeking the resolutions on the matter. CORD has however rejected the proposal by President Uhuru Kenyatta to form a Joint Select Committee of Parliament to spearhead talks on the issues surrounding the IEBC. The opposition says as much as the move is aiming at trying to come  up with a solution to the stalemate, it does not cater for CORD’s demand for an out-of-Parliament dialogue process.

As this is happening, Peter Kenneth, former MP for Gatanga has joined in in calling for the IEBC commissioners. Through a Facebook post on his wall, Peter Kenneth there are still serious doubts over IEBC’s credibilty to run the next general elections. He says the commission cannot be trusted to preside over a free and fair elections.

You can also read IEBC should show cause why it should not be disbanded

Below is the post

AN OPEN LETTER TO ISSACK HASSAN AND IEBC COMMISSIONERS

It’s time

It’s time for you to step down and let the country move forward, how many more people shall die, get injured, businesses destroyed?

There are serious doubts over IEBC’s ability to preside over a free election in this country, without the results being clouded with doubts.

It you have not noticed the political debate is no longer about whether you will leave but the mechanics of your exit and how to replace you.

Forget the politics; forget the protests-the ultimate truth is your exit is already a foregone conclusion. It is a matter of when not if.

Do the honourable thing. EXIT

Save the government the tear gas and the bullets; save the protesters the energy and tears and the country the pointless drama.

Do the honourable thing. EXIT

Put country first; The country is Greater.

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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.

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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.

 

 

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One of the topics that has dominated the headlines this weekend was the disbandment of IEBC. Leaders from different quarters, lead by the opposition are calling for its disbandment claiming it cannot be trusted.

One thing is clear though, IEBC lost credibility after the much publicized Chicken Gate Scandal where the chair Issack Hassan and his were linked to a Sh50 Million corrupt deals with Smith & Ouzman ahead of 2013 General elections. Little has been done to prosecute those involved and IEBC should stop thinking Kenyans have forgotten about this.

After the scanadal, the opposition listed down some demands. You can read about those demands here.

One of the demands the oppositing gave was the immediate resignation of all the officers and former officers mentioned in this scandal, their immediate arrest and their immediate prosecution. What has been done so far? Little if nothing.

The opposition made it clear that the IEBC should show cause why it cannot be disbanded, something which the electoral body has not done.

The opposition, the  NCCK, Catholic Church and even the Civil Society have already indicated their lack of trust the commission. If an institution loses trust in the people, what is so hard for them to resign? You cannot expect an institution which has been linked to a massive corruption scandal to be trusted to even conduct the next General election.

The Deputy President and other leaders have come out strongly attacking the opposition over the calls to disband IEBC. The DP yesterday said they don’t need IEBC to win the next elections. Honestly, no one cares about who wins the next elections or not, Kenyans want a credible institution which can be trusted to manage these elections. Kenyans are asking for impartiality, inclusiveness, transparency, integrity and accuracy which IEBC has failed to prove it is capable of doing.

On Monday morning, the opposition camped at the IEBC offices to call for its disbandment, it might have not been the right channel for CORD to use, well. The Jubilee coalition has on the other hand told CORD to use the legal means in disbanding the commission.  Bottom line, the  opposition needs to go home unless they show cause why they should remain in office.

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Opposition leader Raila Odinga has finally unveiled the much awaited list of people he claims were involved in the Eurobond Saga.  The CORD principal made the announcement today a a press conference at Serena hotel accompanied by leaders from his party.

Here is the list of the eight people the CORD leader says are ‘persons of in interest’ in the saga

  1. Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich
  2. Treasury Principal Secretary Kamau Thuge
  3. Former Central Bank (CBK) Governor Njuguna Ndungu
  4. Central Bank Chairman (CBK) Jairus Nyaoga
  5. Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua
  6. CBK Acting Director, in charge of Financial Markets department  John K. Birech.
  7. Moses Muthui
  8. Benard Ndungu.

Raila Odinga also wants JP Morgan and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to provide information on the Eurobond “lest they find themselves implicated”. He termed the Eurobond saga as theft that has never seen before in our country saying the Eurobond money has been stolen in an elaborate scheme led by Kenyan government.

“We expect top Treasury officials to step aside and an international forensic firm appointed to investigate the Eurobond transactions,” he said.

He added that the eight should take responsibility for the Sh250 billion Eurobond money which cannot be accounted for.

 

CORD leaders at the Bomas Of Kenya for the launch of the ‪#‎OkoaKenya‬ Bill

CORD leaders at the Bomas Of Kenya for the launch of the ‪#‎OkoaKenya‬ Bill

Today the Orange Democratic Movement today launches the #OkoaKenya referendum campaign at the Bomas of Kenya. Cord leader Raila Odinga and his co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Mr Moses Wetang’ula are present at the function are leading the launch.

Cord has twice postponed the launch with the first was being in February, when the government switched off the main TV channels to compel them to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting. The second one was two weeks ago in honour of 148 people killed by Al-Shabaab terrorists at Garissa University College.

One of the top twitter trend in Kenya right now is #OkoaKenya and Kenyans are expressing themselves on why the initiative is necessary.

One thing is clear though, as a country we are really headed in the wrong direction. Tribalism, Insecurity, Corruption continue to drag us back. The people who are supposed to be helping us protecting us from such evils are the same people contributing to to this evils.

In terms of security, terrorism continues to see many lives being lost in the country. A recent case being the Garissa University attack which saw 147 innocent student being massacred by Alshabaab militia groups. The blame fell on top security officers in the county with recent revelations showing how these top officials collaborate with the terror groups, allowing them to sneak into the country and move freely.

Corruption also continues to be another big vice. Top government officials including governors and Members of parliament have been linked to big corruption scandals in the country. In fact, just the other day, the president while making a state of the Nation address in parliament ordered government officials who had been implicated in corruption scandals to step down to allow for investigations, some of them actually stepped down while some have been busy visiting the anti-corruption commission to shade light on the allegations that have been made against them.

The presidents order might not have  not gone well with Members of Parliament. The same fate that befell previous heads of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has befallen the current chair Mumo Matemu and his deputy Irene Keino.

This week parliament adopted a report by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee that recommended that the two be removed from office and on Thursday (today) President Uhuru Kenyatta suspended the two from their offices pending a tribunal hearing.

This begs the question, how committed are our leaders, including the president himself committed in fighting corruption. Robert Alai, a Kenyan blogger asked a very good question this morning on his social media pages. ”You launch #ListOfShame and ask EACC to investigate the suspects within one month , then you disband EACC in 2 weeks” and this is what many Kenyans just like Alai are wondering.

When are leaders implicated in corruption ever going to be prosecuted in this country? Corruption has seen us being attacked by terrorists simply because some security officer somewhere in Garissa took a bribe to allow the terrorists walk freely into the country.

Now that CORD is launching Okoa Kenya, we have so many things that we as a country need to be ”Okoad” from. Starting with corruption, tribalism/Ethnicity, insecurity among many others, but who will do it?

#KanaliSpeaks

#GraftDiaries, that is the number one trending topic in Kenya now among Kenyans on Twitter, #KOT as they are commonly known. Of course this comes after yesterday’s news item on KTN about the corruption allegations that have recently marred members of the national assembly’s committee.

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The members have been in the spotlight over political conspiracies to doctor parliaments investigative reports either for rent seeking or shielding their cronies from being mentioned adversely.

Currently Members of the public accounts committee are being investigated by the powers and privileges committee over claims of bribery and extortion to alter sensitive reports or misplace key files.

So just what is ailing this country? Corruption continues to be a disease and the sad thing is the same government that promised to fight it is doing nothing about it.

Vladimir Putin once said, those who fight corruption should first be clean themselves. Is this the case in our dear country? Both the anti-corruption commission and our leaders are only working to satisfy their selfish interests. It is all about ”Scratch my back, I scratch yours”

Corruption is costing us too much as a country, it is bleeding Kenya to death. It is corruption that make terrorists find their way easily into this country, the same corruption makes the cost of living go high, It is killing innocent Kenyans on our roads. This are just among the many ugly things that are happening under the watch of the government, the same government that is supposed to be ensuring there is transparency everywhere.

The Orange Democratic Movement’s national executive committee has now challenged the speaker of the national assembly Justin Muturi to dissolve all committee’s and allow for thorough investigations.As i had indicated in my previous post, the same should be extended to all public offices.

Alan Greenspan also once said, Corruption, embezzlement, fraud, these are all characteristics which exist everywhere. It is regrettably the way human nature functions, whether we like it or not. What successful economies do is keep it to a minimum. No one has ever eliminated any of that stuff, but the Jubillee administration has to prove this point wrong.
In case you missed the KTN news item, here it is
What does the president want us to do to show him that we are indeed tired? His administration is so out of control. It is so bloated and infested with fraud and deceit and corruption and abuse of power. He needs to do something.