RAILA’s CORD ‘suspends all POLITICAL ACTIVITY’ until Supreme Court rules on petition

Thursday, the 21st of March 2013 - News just in indicates that the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) has put a stop to all its planned political activities until the Supreme Court makes its ruling on the Presidential election petition it filed last Saturday.

Several news outlets reported yesterday that CORD was planning to have rallies in Kisumu, Bungoma and Nakuru over the weekend but this has been denied by Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s spokesman Dennis Onyango in a statement released this morning.

Onyango however admitted that the idea for the rallies had been mooted but he said it had been quickly quashed;

"Prime Minister Raila Odinga has not planned any rallies in any part of the country in the coming days, including this weekend. The idea of such rallies had been discussed, but was dropped altogether mid yesterday (Wednesday), after wider consultations," read the statement.

Onyango further revealed that the CORD “leadership agreed to suspend all political activity for the duration of the hearing of the election petition in the Supreme Court.”
Raila’s spokesman further called on CORD supporters to "pray for justice and the strengthening of democracy in the country".

"Mr Odinga also appeals to his supporters to respect and have faith in the Judiciary as the Supreme Court prepares to hear his election petition."

CORD’s announcement today follows Chief Justice Willy Mutunga’s warning to the parties involved in the Presidential election petition currently before the Supreme Court that they should refrain from commenting about the cases in public.

Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo had also previously also issued a directive banning any political gatherings that were likely to cause a breach of peace. CORD has already breached that directive several times by holding rallies in Nairobi and Mombasa.

More updates to follow.



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