Tuesday, 8 July 2014
What next for Kenya opposition !
Jubilee and their Coalition for Reforms and Democracy ( CORD) counterparts traded accusations in the aftermath of the Opposition’s Saba Saba rally held at Nairobi’s Uhuru Park on Monday. While the Jubilee leaders slammed CORD’s demand for a referendum, the Opposition leaders alleged that their supporters were intimidated and harassed by the police not to attend the rally owing to the heavy security presence.n earlier morning meeting between key CORD leaders led by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula met at the former’s Capitol Hill offices in Nairobi and agreed to craft the strategy that was also aimed at managing the huge expectations of CORD supporters who had thronged Uhuru Park. The meeting was also attended by senators Johnstone Muthama (Machakos), James Orengo (Siaya) and Otieno Kajwang’ (Homa Bay). Kalonzo had said the day would be like no other and that CORD would lead their supporters in exercising their will. “We are not in a hurry today, we have carried enough food, water and blankets. We shall remain here until the Government accedes to our demands,” the former Vice President had told expectant supporters. “The Opposition is scoring zero in every of their approach and strategy. They have failed to manage and co-ordinate their role as Opposition and now want inclusion in Government. This is a Jubilee Government that was constitutionally and overwhelmingly elected by the Kenyan people and will not cede any ground by giving in to Opposition theatrics,” Kindiki claimed yesterday. “Ultimately Kenyans know what the Opposition is after. They want power by all means, but we want to dare them that even if we went into another election Kenyans will not vote for empty rhetoric but performance,” the Tharaka Nithi senator charged. “Kenyans want to know how their lives will be made better and the cost of living cut down. Those who want to take the country back into a campaign mood with their calls for a referendum are missing the point,” he added. He asked CORD to follow the law to address the issues they are raising, including the high cost of living, by bringing legislation to Parliament to solve issues of taxation and push to disband the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).