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CORD given 12-hour ultimatum to call off Saba Saba rally

04 July 2014, 15:18 James Kabotia

Nairobi - National Chairman for Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs), Peter Kariuki has given CORD a 12-hour ultimatum to call off its planned Saba Saba rally at Uhuru Park in Nairobi.

Speaking the media on Thursday, Kariuki said they will call for countrywide peaceful demonstrations on Friday if former Prime Minister Raila Odinga does not withdraw the rally scheduled for Monday.

Kariuki said that they will wave placards and twigs along Nyeri-Nyahururu highway and other major roads in the country if Raila does not heed to their demands to call off the rally.

He said that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto are in full control of the country’s affairs and urged Raila to cease misleading Kenyans.

“Everyone knows that the Jubilee Government is on track, so CORD should stop dividing us on tribal lines. We know what happened after the 2007/2008 General elections and we will not sit back and allow the same to happen again,” said Kariuki.

The chairman reiterated that by calling for mass action, Raila is reviving the wounds inflicted on them during the 2007/2008 post election violence.

He said that national dialogue should only be channeled through structures enshrined in the Constitution and not through political rallies.

He said that CORD demands and sentiments are geared towards derailing development and causing violence that could cripple the country’s economy.

“The bloodshed that was witnessed in 2007 is enough because we lost fathers, children and mothers,” he said.

Kariuki told Raila to positively criticise and support the Government instead of threatening it.

He is now calling upon President Kenyatta’s administration to remain firm and continue ensuring that the country is safe from any violence.

“Raila should be preaching peace and bear in mind the trauma and suffering we underwent during the last violence. That is why we are daring him to continue with his plans for the Monday rally,” said the National Chairman.

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