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Cord demos suspended temporarily

25 May 2016, 13:20

Nairobi - CORD coalition has suspended the anti-IEBC demos.

The coalition wants to give dialogue a chance, but will resume next month if no solution is forthcoming.

This comes two days after the CORD leaders promised to hold a 'mother of all demos' on Madaraka Day, which is scheduled for June 1.

In a letter addressed to the Nairobi County Police Commissioner, CORD said the rally aim was to "celebrate civil liberties and freedoms and reaffirm the quest for Constitutionalism in Kenya."

CORD has been pushing for the ouster of IEBC commissioners saying they are incapable of holding a free and fair election in 2017.

The coalition leaders and its supporters have been marching to IEBC offices countrywide every Monday to that effect, with violence being reported in the last two demos.

Police who had been deployed in various cities to contain the protesters have resorted to brutality, leading to the death of 3 people in the last episode.

Apart from gun shots, police have also been teargas and water canon to disperse protesters.

Cord leaders had said that they won't be cowed by the police brutality meted on protesters, and pleedged to continue with the demos until the IEBC commissioners leave office.

However, following the casualties reported on Monday, political and religious leaders have urged CORD and Jubilee to sit down and dialogue over the matter.

- News24

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