Anti-IEBC deaths, injuries should prick President Kenyatta's conscience, says Orengo
07 June 2016, 11:48
Nairobi - Deaths and injuries of protesters taking part in the anti-IEBC demonstrations should prick the conscience of the government to open up to dialogue, CORD's legal advisor James Orengo has said.
Orengo, also the Siaya Senator reiterated the Opposition's position saying they will not call off the protests despite the ugly incidents in the recent demonstrations.
While responding to the query by BBC Focus on Africa host Peter Okwoche on why the deaths of some protesters and injuries inflicted on the people including the five-year old child whose photo was shared on social media cannot influence their withdrawal in order to dialogue, he said the incidents better served as a message to President Uhuru Kenyatta.
"Is it fair to continue with these protests? I mean if you looked on social media today, there was a picture of a five year-old boy in Kisumu having a bullet being pulled out of his back. These are dangerous times in your country. Won't you call off the protests and dialogue?" asked Okwoche.
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Responded Orengo: "We cannot call off the protests. This is something that should prick the conscience of the President (Uhuru Kenyatta). The people who are killing are the police and this is premeditated," he said.
On Sunday, police had warned CORD against holding protests which they termed illegal and stated that they would use lethal force to disperse them. However, early Monday the High Court while maintaining legality of the protests, directed the Inspector General to provide security to the protesters.
There were neither bullets nor teargas in the Nairobi CBD as the demonstrators matched peacefully past IEBC offices at Anniversary Towers.
But in Kisumu, Migori and Siaya counties, the case was different. Kisumu was the most affected as two people were reportedly shot dead and at least 22 others injured.
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