ORD Movement What is their strategic thrust on July 7 and after? Yes, they have told the country to “brace up for a return to the ‘90s.” At the best, this could mean a return to mass protests – sometimes even violent protests. At the worst, it could mean just about anything catastrophic. The Opposition engaged this style to force Kanu to introduce multiparty democracy in 1991.Spoilt by the trappings and benefits of political power, Raila, Kalonzo and Wetang’ula are elbowing for space at the Jubilee dining table. They have accordingly crafted a populist sounding agenda to energise their search for space and relevance.Then politicians Kenneth Matiba and Charles Rubia were arrested on July 4, 1990 because of planning to hold a rally whose agenda was to campaign for the return to multiparty politics, the country was gripped by tension.
The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy ( CORD) has declared that the Monday Saba Saba rally would be a defining moment in the politics of the country. Coalition principals former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula said at a rally in Kisumu Saturday that they would use constitutional means to spearhead change in the country.
The supreme power is vested in the people of Kenya which they can exercise directly or indirectly to put whoever they want in power,” Raila said. He said the country was faced with serious challenges which must be addressed collectively and promised that the Saba Saba rally would be peaceful, and urged CORD supporters and Kenyans not to panic. “Our previous rallies have been peaceful and we do not have any intention to cause chaos on Monday,” he stated. International watch See also: Do you like what you see on Saba Saba? The former Prime Minister maintained that the rally would be a consultative forum to engage the public on the country’s governance, contrary to the heated political meetings they have been holding across the country. “We will have representatives from various sectors in the country who will present the challenges they are facing and propose the means to resolve them,” he said.
At the same time, Raila said they do not need security at Uhuru Park because no bad incident has been reported in their previous rallies. The Government has indicated that it would deploy 15,000 police officers to beef up security at the rally. Musyoka warned the Government against causing chaos on Saba Saba day and then blame it on CORD, saying such a scheme will backfire. “Uhuru Park will be under international watch. Any harm caused by the Government will destroy it completely,” Mr Musyoka said. He termed as an act of witchcraft the Friday’s rituals performed by some religious leaders at Uhuru Park, saying it was a big shame to the country. “They should cleanse themselves, or whatever bad they wish to happen during the rally will backfire on them,” said Musyoka. The coalition principals said the courts were being used by the State to intimidate them by warning that the trio would be held responsible in the event of any violence at Monday’s rally.