Why Raila was forced to end CORD IEBC protests
25 May 2016, 16:50
Nairobi - The CORD Coalition has ended the much publicized IEBC
protests. But why?
After weeks of street demonstrations and brutality as well
as a number of deaths, the Coalition decided to end the protests Wednesday and
give dialogue a chance in the matter seeking to institute electoral changes.
The reasons for the end of the protests are three fold.
First, the death of three protesters in Kisumu and Siaya
Monday prompted the CORD leader to seek a fresh approach to his calls, as the
loss of lives was not on his agenda, sources say.
“He was shocked to hear people died and is trying to stop
more by trying a different approach for now,” a CORD source told News24.
Secondly, the international community had ramped up pressure
on the CORD leader to end the protests and look at dialogue, saying he should
seek boardroom level talks to end the continuing chaos.
“The International community was on Raila’s case. He just
had to end the protests for now,” the source added.
Finally, a willingness by State House to have dialogue was
the last piece of the puzzle with President Uhuru Kenyatta said to be willing
to talk things over.
“The President was willing to talk about what has been going
on and seek dialogue and that was the communication from State House as late as
Tuesday,” the source continued.
The IEBC protests have been taking place every Monday for
the last four weeks.
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