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Sunday, 21 Aug 2016 20:22 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
CORD Leader Raila Odinga on Friday met Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Isaak Hassan for the first since he started push for his exit together with other commissioners.
The two met at the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) conference where the embattled Hassan sat pensively as Raila tore into the IEBC and the Jubilee government. Raila termed IEBC as the stumbling block between the people of Kenya and their desire to have an honest and caring government.
Their meeting comes in the heels of the recommendations by the Joint Select Committee on electoral reforms that Hassan and his team of eight other commissioners resign voluntarily and seven new full-time commissioners be appointed.
“Elections must reflect wishes of the people where every vote counts….In future, management of the elections must be at par,” said Raila, who expressed optimism with the electoral reforms that are expected to follow the reconstitution of the IEBC.
“Our institutions have failed. Corruption and dishonesty have taken an upper hand. Everyone is paying the price,” Raila told lawyers during the LSK’s annual conference at Leisure Lodge in Diani, Kwale County.
The Cord leader urged the country’s leadership to jumpstart reforms in all key government institutions including the Judiciary, the Police, the Legislature, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, the Education system and all financial institutions.
The Opposition chief revisited the killing of lawyer Willy Kimani alongside his client Josephat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri by suspected police officers in late June adding that extrajudicial killings have claimed prominent people and whistle blowers in the country who were contributing greatly in the nation’s growth. He cited Coast region alone, where over 30 Muslim clerics and other religious leaders have been killed.
Raila said Kenyans were not happy with the way the 2010 Constitution was being implemented as it has been greatly compromised. He said the Bomas Constitution was the people’s constitution, but it has been manipulated by the political elite.
This has happened because there have been two forces pulling in opposite directions since independence – the forces for change and the forces for the status quo.
“There are those who saw independence as an opportunity to be rulers and occupy privileged positions occupied by colonials. Others wanted to make independence more meaningful to the people,” Raila said.