CORD MPs to boycott Uhuru speech Thursday
30 March 2016, 20:19
Nairobi - CORD MPs have stated that they will not attend the State of the Nation address to be held Thursday.
The MPs want to launch the call of ‘No Electoral Reforms, No
Elections’ in Parliament on Thursday to force President Uhuru Kenyatta to
undertake minimum electoral reforms before the 2017 elections.
CORD has demanded the disbandment of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commision IEBC and has threatened to boycott the 2017 elections if the electoral body is not reformed.
ODM Chairman John Mbadi issued a statement saying the party “is
consulting widely within itself and with coalition partners in CORD on
how to ensure the State of the Nation address lives up to its billing as
contained in the Constitution and does not continue to degenerate into a
public relations exercise for the ruling Jubilee coalition and empty
" The so called address has been reduced to a ritual
and a talk show that does not make any meaningful sense. We will make
that point on the floor of the house," he said.
Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo stated that he would personally attend the session.
" There is nothing to listen to. The President has lied about many things and this will not find us listening," he added.
" They (Jubilee) can do it themselves," he added.
Jubilee MPs on the other hand stated that the potential snub would be to CORD's loss.
" The President is addressing Kenyans. That is all that matters," Majority Leader Aden Duale told News24.
CORD leader Raila Odinga did not directly comment on the matter.
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