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CORD to continue with Eldoret, Narok rallies

25 June 2014, 15:59 William Korir

Nairobi - The Coalition for Reform and Democracy CORD will continue with planned rallies in Eldoret and Narok despite a police ban.

The rallies which were set to be held Friday in Eldoret and Saturday in Narok had been banned by police Tuesday for apparent security reasons.

Police, in banning the rallies, said they had received reports that there were hired gangs planning to disrupt the rallies which are in the background of deputy president William Ruto.

But CORD, in a statement signed by leaders Raila Odinga, Moses Wetangula and Kalonzo Musyoka said that the rallies would go on despite the call by the police, instead urging them to focus on providing relevant security.

" The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy has held four extremely successful and hugely peaceful rallies since May 31 st , 2014 when thousands of people turned up to welcome its leader Hon. Raila Odinga back into the country from a three-month sabbatical in the US.

" The peaceful rallies have come against a background of grim predictions by government and Jubilee functionaries that they would breed chaos and insecurity in the country. In recent days, the administration has intensified its campaign against CORD rallies, blaming them wrongly for all the security failures that have afflicted the country in the last one year.

" This is despite the fact that the CORD rallies are barely a month old and have all been peaceful and attended by Kenyans from across the ethnic and political divide. CORD therefore condemns in very strong terms the alleged cancellation of its rally in Eldoret slated for Friday, June 27, 2014. We condemn the maneuvers by sections of government to cancel our planned rally planned for Ntulele, Narok on Saturday June 28, 2014, it read.

" We therefore wish to advise our supporters and all Kenyans who value freedom and peace that we will proceed with all our rallies as scheduled; beginning with Eldoret on Friday, June 27, 2014. We call upon the National Government to respect the Constitution by providing security at all these CORD events. Provision of security is the primary role of any government on earth. In fact, it is about the only reason why people agree to operate under some form of government, it added.

The decision will make for interesting viewing considering that Narok and Uasin Gishu Governors have already said they will not allow the rallies to take place in their regions.

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