Cord rejects Uhuru proposal to solve IEBC deadlock

Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) has opposed the parliamentary process proposed by President Uhuru Kenyatta to solve the IEBC stalemate.

CORD’s position now throws President Uhuru’s plan into disarray, coming just hours after Jubilee nominated eleven members to the team to take part in the dialogue process. CORD leader Raila Odinga says that while the President’s gesture is welcome, it does not cater for opposition’s demand for an out-of-Parliament dialogue process.

This is after consultative meeting held today between religious leaders and Cord to negotiate on the way forward regarding the ongoing Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission impasse ended without a conclusive statement.

Led by National Chairman of National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) Chairman Peter Karanja, the religious leaders met the Cord leaders just a day after they held such meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, and asked Kenyans to be patient as the ongoing negotiation is yet to yield fruit that will see both Cord and Jubilee coming to an agreement.

“We are happy that the negotiation process is going on, and we can see a smile on Kenyans face. We appeal to Kenyans to have hope because we find rationality on both sides. As soon as we finished our discussion, we will tell Kenyans what we our deliberation,” Karanja told press shortly before they walked out of Capital Hill premise for break.

By the time of going to the press, Cord officials led by Tongaren Member of Parliament Dr Eseli Simiyu told the press that the consultation between the religious leaders and Cord Principal is ongoing and the team is working on the their party’s proposals which he did not reveal to members of the press.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday announced that the Jubilee government would form a special select committee of Parliament and will forward its proposals on the joint select committee to Parliament, something believed to be causing jitter to Cord leaders.

Early today, foreign envoys met the Cord principals at Odinga offices in Capital Hill in what sources say was meant to push the leaders to accept the olive branch that Uhuru offered yesterday.




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