Busia County Cord supporters on Monday held its first anti-IEBC demos that saw no single incident recorded in the two hours procession across the town’s streets.
Anti-riot police watched at vantage points as demonstrators chanting anti-IEBC slogans marched through the streets led by ODM National Deputy Organizing secretary Florence Mutua, County chairman Geoffrey Odanga, Secretary Innocent Oluku and Deputy Secretary Peter Odima.
The peaceful demonstrations started from the Orange House. They trekked for about three kilometers to the IEBC offices near the Law Courts where they presented their petition to the IEBC constituency administrative assistant Julian Gomiti.
Some of the placards read: Busia says IEBC must go and Go IEBC go yawa time is out , referee cannot be a player, We cannot go into pre-determined elections and IEBC go Rest in Peace.
Business along the busy northern corridor was not interrupted as demonstrators allowed motorists to pass. They later dispersed peacefully after Odanga told them to do so and regroup again next Monday.
Mutua who is also the Busia women representative said Cord cannot accept to go for 2017 general elections whose outcome is already pre-determined.
” The referee (IEBC) is already partisan, thus the need for the commissioners to exit and pave way the new team to run next year’s polls.
Odanga in his petition said the IEBC has failed credibility and integrity tests , adding that public utterances by Jubilee operatives that they will win next year’s elections was a clear testimony that they have already it.
“We will hand over the petitions every Monday because the issue will not be handled fairly in the parliament considering Jubilee’s tyranny of numbers,” Odanga said.
Oluku said IEBC is a shameless organ and had a bad record, adding that IEBC is worse than Al Shaabab.. Gomiti acknowledged the petition on behalf of IEBC and congratulated the leaders for the peaceful demonstrations.
Photos: ODM chairman Geoffrey Odanga and the party deputy national organizing secretary march in the streets of Busia town in anti-IEBC demos.
– A protestor was the centre of attraction during anti-IEBC demos in Busia on Monday.