EARGAS ON CORD WAS UNCALLED FOR
To the members of the fourth estate (Media) and the entire nation, We are here today as Mombasa Youths caucus not only voice our opinion but also join fellow patriotic Kenyans in condemning police brutality as witnessed on Monday and also unequivocally call for a credible electoral body.
Fellow Kenyans we the Mombasa Youths are not amused by the manner in which the CORD Leader Hon.Raila Odinga and the entire CORD brigade were treated by police on their match to IEBC offices on Monday.
Ruthless police brutality has no place in Kenya today and all attempts to take us back to the dark days of dictatorship must be met by strong opposition possible. We join H.E Ali Hassan Joho and other Kenyans who respect the constitution in condemning the senseless and barbaric teargassing of CORD leaders by the police.
Hon Raila Odinga is a respected Prime Minister of this country, he has paid the price for the freedom and democracy we enjoy today, it is dispeakable to see the police and by extension the Jubilee government spray teargas on such a hero who have relentlessly fought for the betterment of this country. We demand that the Prime minister be accorded utmost respect and be treated with decorum. The police brutal action was not only a threat to security of our national leaders but also peaceful Kenyans who exercised their right to picket as enshrined in our constitution.
Peaceful demonstration has a place in article 37 of our constitution.Article 37 gives us the right to demonstrate and picket. Article 38 (1)C gives us the right to campaign for a cause. CORD is campaigning for a cause:TO REMOVE IEBC COMMISSIONERS. It follows without argument that in exercise of sovereign power directly and in accordance with articles 37 and 38 of the constitution, a cause for the removal of iebc is being agitated.
Let the people who are behind this cowardly act be reminded that those who impede the use of constitutional and democratic means make revolution inevitable. We also want to remind the police that it is their duty to keep any constitutional demonstration peaceful but not cause chaos by unnecessarily throwing teargas as witnessed on Monday. It also begs the question as to what kind of leadership do we have in place that has no respect for the law and heroes of our great nation? Where are we headed? Raila Odinga suffered a lot for this country to enjoy the democratic space it has today and that cannot be crushed by selfish regime.
Polls are showing that 70% the population have no confidence in IEBC; NCCK has called for its disbandment. 2017 is fast approaching and we cannot bury our heads in deep sands to wait for a parliamentary process that will be brought down by Jubilee sycophants and a disappointing speaker. There are more than enough calls to have the body reconstituted before we go to the next polls.
IEBC is not a neutral referee; we guess Jubilee is part of the 30% that is either neutral or ignorant. We joins Kenyans of goodwill in calling for disbandment, restructure and re constitution of IEBC, We cannot and will not go to an election with IEBC as currently constituted. The current IEBC must be disbanded; it has no moral authority to stay in office anymore.
Under the leadership of ODM Deputy party leader H.E Hassan Joho and the people of Mombasa we will not sit back and watch as the Jubilee tyrants take us back to the dark days, we therefore call upon all Mombasa residents to join the March to IEBC regional offices. Article 1 of the constitution gives transfer the sovereign power to the people, the tyranny of numbers have shown in many occasion tried to take us back in the dark days, we witnessed this during controversial security bill , the tyrants cannot be entrusted with our electoral reforms.
We have no option but to use the peoples power as enshrined in the constitution to protect the integrity of electoral system and democracy. We will replicate sit in at IEBC offices until such a time that the current inept and bias electoral body is sent home. Disbandment of IEBC is now not negotiable. IEBC must go home.
MOMBASA YOUTH CAUCUS