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CORD rubbish claims linking them to Likoni killings

25 July 2014, 17:25 William Korir

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 region.

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.

The Constitution 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 hitherto witnessed.

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 Kenya.

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