26 July 2013

Kenya: CORD Respond to 'Crowd Hiring' Allegations

The Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) has expressed outrage over allegations that a crowd which heckled Principal Secretary for ICT Fred Matiang'i, Professor Sam Ongeri, and other leaders affiliated to Jubilee at the requiem mass for the 15 Kisii crash victims, was hired by the coalition.

Minority Deputy Chief Whip in the National Assembly Janet Ong'era said that the allegations were false and that the incident in which Matiang'i was jeered at and not allowed to read a statement on behalf of President Uhuru Kenyatta was excitement of the people to see their leaders.

"What happened was the spontaneous reaction of an excited crowd that was happy to see one of their sons, Raila Odinga, who they voted for overwhelmingly, joining them at the funeral service," Ong'era wrote.

Emotions ran high in Gusii stadium on Wednesday during the mass for the 15 crash victims, 11 students and four teachers as politics took centre stage.

Following former Prime Minister Raila Odinga's remarks that the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission is not credible, a section of politicians both from the region and the Jubilee alliance, held press conferences to accuse Odinga and Cord of hiring rowdy crowds to disrupt the proceedings.

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