In an announcement made by CORD’s Senators James Orengo and Johnson Muthama in a press briefing yesterday May 25, the CORD principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and their Ford- K counterpart Moses Wetangula called off protests that have been ongoing in the last four weeks across the country.
The diplomatic community and religious groups have advised the decision to call off the chaotic protests that caused four deaths on Monday May 23. The demos were scheduled to go on every Monday until the IEBC Commissioners agree to step down.
The CORD coalition had vowed to go on with the protest after declaring no confidence with the Issack Hassan led commission.
Raila and other CORD leaders have been engaged in high-level diplomatic negotiations and held several internal discussions that led to the decision to suspend the demos, The Standard Newspaper reported.
‘Initially, we saw the international community as indifferent but when the envoy in Kenya released a statement pushing for dialogue, then the church joined in with the offer to facilitate the talks, our leaders decided to retreat and see if Uhuru will embrace and kick-start the talks.’ A cord insider was quoted in the report.
The move was also taken to show solidarity with the bereaved families that lost their loved ones during the protest and those injured after the ambush with the police.
The CORD leaders hope that the Jubilee leadership will consider this as an olive branch and allow for talks.