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Kwale CORD supporters barred from accessing IEBC office

09 May 2016, 16:52 John Kioko

Kwale - Members and leaders allied to CORD were on Monday bared from accessing IEBC office in Msambweni to hand over their petition.

Instead heavily armed police who guarded the electoral body office 50 meters away asked the demonstrators to hand over the petition peacefully and go home, a directive they followed.

Police armed in full riot gears restricted the demonstrators against accessing IEBC office in Msambweni but through ODM vice chair in Kwale Nicholas Zani they successfully handed their petition to IEBC assistant returning officer Mwamiza Achani.

Zani said that they will continue protesting against IEBC adding that they cannot allow the electoral body to supervise the coming general election.

“Last time BVR were ineffective, voter’s names not available and Raila Odinga won but they rigged the election. That is why we don’t want them,” he added.

Political activist Shabaan Lusechi said that Jubilee administration must respect Cord leader Raila Odinga adding that push for IEBC to go home is unstoppable.

His sentiments were echoed by Matuga ODM Chairman Hassan Chitembe said that IDBC chairman Isaac Hassan should be cautions when dealing with issue of election since he is holding 42 million people on his hands.

“We want this country to be peaceful and therefore Hassan must respect the voice of churches and Kenyans at large who have demanded him to go home,” he said.

Chitembe lauded Msambweni police for doing their work peacefully without engaging innocent and peaceful demonstrators.

But leaders allied to Jubilee in the area condemn the CORD demonstration sayng it is uncalled for.

Nominated MCA Fatuma Nchizumo said misbehavior and harassment of IEBC officials by CORD supporters cannot remove the officials in office.

“We have laws let them follow them and achieve their course. Why are they harassing IEBC officials in counties and yet they want Isaac Hassan to go home? We are a peaceful citizens and we don’t need such issues,” she said.

She said the demonstration by CORD is dangerous as will hurt the already reviving tourism industry in the area if it is not stopped.

Kwale county women representative Zainab Chizuga said that she will continue supporting the constitution she vowed to protect IEBC being part of it even if she was elected by ODM voters.

“Those saying they will boycott election are free to do so but Kenyans will vote,” she said.

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