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Was it necessary to fire teargas at CORD?

29 April 2016, 09:22 Paul Orodi

A few days ago, the opposition leaders were combated with teargas when they made an attempt to access IEBC offices.

Their peaceful protest was cut short when teargas was lodged into the crowd causing civilians to scamper for safety.

Every individual has the right to protest in a peaceful manner against any social, economic or political injustice.

This is actually one of the fundamental ideals that drive the cause of democracy.

Democracy is built on freedoms that revolve around checks and balances, peaceful demonstrations, constructive opposition and exchange of policies.

Government is the rightful owner and custodian of teargas and all equipment related to the same. Whenever teargas canisters are hurled at a crowd, it will be sensible to hold the police service accountable.

In Kakamega town during Hon. Moses Wetangula’s presidential bid launch, there was teargas used to disrupt the event. A month later, he is leading a protest with his co-principals and police launch an attack causing mayhem in the middle of the city.

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You have to ask yourself; why is government so determined to quash any dissent to political status quo, injustices etc.?

CORD is trying to paint institutions black by calling on them to be disbanded, the main reason being corruption allegations leveled against the heads of the institutions are denting the credibility of the same institutions.

IEBC has a poor image before the public, owing to corruption allegations levelled against the chairman, commissioners and management.

Government should endeavor to safeguard the image of IEBC.

Disbanding may not be the solution but there is need for something to be done.

The institution is low on public trust and that is always a recipe for disaster.

Government should push to change the way IEBC is viewed.

This might be done through restructuring in a way that is all inclusive across the political divide by pushing bills in Parliament. Afterwards, CORD will have nothing to rant about.

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