Asimio ‘public consultations’ rescheduled, set for tomorrow as exams roll out » Capital News | Rare Techy
NAIROBI, Kenya, November 29 – The Asimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition has postponed public consultations on National Assembly sittings to December 7, demanding an investigation into the conduct of four commissioners at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
The Raila Odinga-led coalition says this is because of the national exams currently taking place across the country.
“Asimio La Umoja is rescheduling its protests from tomorrow until December 7 due to the ongoing national exams,” a brief statement from the coalition said.
Odinga had earlier stated that the consultations seek to engage the public on the planned reforms at the IEBC.
Odinga said in Kisumu on Sunday that he would strongly oppose the petition before the National Assembly’s Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) to remove the four dissident IEBC commissioners.
He added that President William Ruto’s administration wants to sack Deputy Chairperson Juliana Cherera and Commissioners Francis Mathenge, Irene Masit and Justice Nyangaya who “stood firm on the platform of truth”.
“This is not going to be accepted. The people of Kenya will not accept that because it is now known to the whole world that these people lost the elections badly and they stole these elections. Moreover we cannot accept that they will add insult to injury by sending these commissioners and imposing a user-friendly commission on Kenyans,” Odinga said.
The opposition leader said the first public consultation forum would be held at the Kamukunchi grounds in Nairobi before moving to other regions including Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu and Kakamega.
He noted that the main objective of the planned consultation exercise would be to gather the opinions of Kenyans.
“The referee is an independent electoral commission. It cannot be appointed by a player. So, we will not let Kenya Quisha (Kwanzaa) regime to impose commission on the people of Kenya. That is unacceptable, Odinga said.
Odinga’s latest comments come three days after he told reporters in Nairobi that JLAC’s ongoing probe was a revenge mission by the current administration against four commissioners for expressing reservations in the process that led to the declaration of William Ruto as Kenya’s fifth president.
He claimed that the petitions were being made by the Speakers of the National Assembly and the Senate and President Ruto.