CORD rubbish claims linking them to Likoni killings
25 July 2014, 17:25
Nairobi - CORD leaders in Mombasa have called the assertion by government that recent killings in Likoni are linked to them as careless and out of order.
Led by Mombasa Senator Omar Hassan, they called the statement by Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa that they are to blame for the violence in the town as dangerous and uncalled for.
Marwa had Friday morning blamed the attacks in Likoni that saw four people dead and many more injured on the opposition coalition, a statement that has been met with bemusement by many including CORD.
Below is the full statement from CORD.
The CORD family in Mombasa and indeed the entire country find the
allegations that the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) is behind the
violence or insecurity in Likoni by Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson
Marwa unfortunate, absurd and laughable. The allegations are equally
concerning and a shameless and meek attempt to divert or shift
responsibility for failures of the security structure of Mombasa County
to the ODM party. We must reiterate our concern and are undoubtedly
appalled by the general sense of myopia and dearth of professionalism in
dealing with the insecurity in Mombasa and other parts of the Coast
The CORD coalition has taken note of the politicization in
handling weighty security matters at all levels of government. This is
not the first time such trivial allegations have been made with the
intent of blaming the opposition as a cover-up to the incompetence in
managing the runaway insecurity.
CORD believes that these
allegations by government are not made in vain. They are calculated
statements that point to the government’s intent to persecute part of
the opposition leadership under the guise of causing or sponsoring
insecurity. The allegations are also a veiled attempt aimed at silencing
the opposition and divert their legitimate obligation to demand that
the government deals with the insecurity.
The Constitution is very
clear on the management of the country’s security.
recognises the National Police Service through the Inspector General of
Police and the National Police Service Commission as the independent
offices and organs that handle policing and security matters. The
Cabinet Secretary or County Commissioners are busybodies in this
arrangement. We want to register our concern to both the IGP and the
NPSC for having allowed the systematic erosion of the independence of
the Police Service. They have allowed the politicization of the Service
both in management of the security strategy and rhetoric. We call on
these office bearers to assert their mandates, run the security agencies
impartially and implore new strategies to rollback the insecurity
CORD is taking seriously the allegations made
against its family member the ODM party and are convinced that the
intention is to preside over a period of persecution of CORD’s
leadership and its membership, injure CORD’s popularity in the region
and shift the burden of responsibility from the government on account of
its failure to provide and guarantee security to all the people of
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