The Statement by CORD parliamentary group (senators/MPs and governors) is said to have caused panic in statehouse, the touches touches on the executed ICC witness, torture and subsequent mistrial and jailing of University student blogger Alan Wadi, security laws among other key sensitive issues.
Here below is the statement
CORD JOINT PG MEETING OF 6 JANUARY 2015
The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy Parliamentary Group and Governors meeting at Wiper House on this 6th day of January 2015 hereby resolves as follows.
That the Coalition expresses its deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the family of its Principal Right Hon Raila Odinga following the untimely demise of his son Fidel Castro Odinga. The Coalition reiterates its solidarity and commitment in ensuring that thorough investigations are conducted to determine the cause of Fidelâ€™s death.
That the coalition expresses its satisfaction with the court ruling rendered on 2nd January 2015 staying eight clauses of the draconian Security Laws amendment Act. We remain confident that the ill fated security amendment Act will be annulled upon full hearing.
That the Coalition reassures all Kenyans of goodwill that it will continue to pursue all constitutional avenues to repeal the oppressive security amendment Act and other colonial statues such as archaic provisions of the penal code that were introduced on the verge of the state of emergency in 1952 and which jubilee has now conveniently invoked to jail blogger Allan Wadi ,intimidate Kenyans and silence popular dissent. Accordingly the coalition has today instructed its legal team to take up the Allan Wadi case and explore possible legal avenues to secure his liberty. We equally demand that the DPP immediately commences investigations following the gruesome murder of an alleged ICC witness in Kapsabet.
That the Energy Regulatory Commission should stop duping Kenyans by failing to substantially reduce the fuel prices and ease the cost of living . It is ridiculous that while the International Oil prices have hit an all time low with a barrel of oil now trading at less than $50, the ERC continues to collude with oil traders to defraud Kenyans by offering cosmetic price reductions that are out of sync with the international oil prices.
That the coalition is appalled by the insensitivity of the Jubilee administration to the plight of our teachers. We demand that the jubilee regime immediately and with utmost goodwill engages teachers unions in constructive talks and immediately resolve the biting teachers strike that has grounded learning across the country. The right of children to education should not in any way be compromised by an incompetent regime that continues to misapply public funds to white elephant projects including dry geothermal wells that cannot produce power, poorly thought out laptop project and institutionalized grand corruption.
That the coalition expresses its strong dissatisfaction with insensitivity to the Kilemi Education Report capping school fees at Kshs39000 by the jubilee regime. We demand that the fee standards set out in the Kilemi Education report be implemented forthwith.
That the coalition takes serious exception with the manner in which IEBC continues to mismanage electoral matters in the country. It defeats the purpose of reasoning that IEBC gave only 12 days for nominations for the Homabay by-elections but it has now allowed one month for the Kajiado central by-elections. This is evidence that IEBC is a body that pays no regard to the principle of fair play in electoral contests. Its high affinity for chicken has with no doubt clouded its capacity to adhere to electoral precedence in functioning democracies across the world.
The DPP must seize the occasion and exploit the evidence in the UK court that saw directors of Smith and Ouzman convicted for bribing Kenyan electoral officials and have them prosecuted accordingly.
That the Coalition will field a single candidate for the Homabay senatorial seat and the Kajiado central parliamentary seat. Further the coalition will mount a well coordinated campaign that will herald the mother of all battles and ensure both seats are retained by the coalition.
Hon Eseli Simiyu
Ford-Kenya Secretary General
Sen Mutula Kilonzo Jnr
Ag. WDM Secretary General
Hon Ababu Namwamba
ODM Secretary General