Celebrated gospel artiste Emmy Kosgei has urged President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga to meet and reach an agreement on the IEBC stand-off that risks dividing the country along political lines.
Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) for a while now has taken a tough stance on its quest to have IEBC commissioners ousted from office.
CORD last month led four consecutive demonstrations in the capital city, that turned chaotic, to push for the removal of IEBC Chairman Isaack Hassan and his team from office.
CORD claims that IEBC is a prejudiced electoral referee and cannot be trusted to oversee 2017 general election.
Emmy Kosgei is now a worried woman saying the IEBC stalemate could put the country into jeopardy.
“We have come so far as a nation. We have gone through a lot of things and it is our prayer that we would not start to demonstrate again. If you realize every time there is a demonstration, people shed blood, people die.
“Horrible things happen, businesses are interrupted – that is when hooligans get the opportunity to enter the city and destroy property. That is not what we want right now,” she told eDaily.
“I wish our leaders Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga can meet to solve this problem.
“At this stage, we are a democratic country and the rule of law applies. It should be followed and respected. I believe there are better and alternative ways of sorting out issues.
“Our leaders are so easy – those are people who dine together. We saw it the other day (at State House, Nairobi when South Korean President had visited the country). And now a section of the leadership is calling for mass action, and some people would actually show up,” Emmy said.
The Ololo hit-maker has urged Kenyans to be responsible and turn down attempts by leaders that would have them exposed.
“Now it is upon us, Kenyans, to take responsibility and say: ‘you know what? We are not going to go to the streets because there is no reason. Someone posted on Facebook: ‘if you see the children of our leaders, for example those pushing for riots, their children don’t attend the protests. They are probably abroad in venerable schools studying or are working.’
“Why don’t we keep busy and look after our lives? Let’s get something better to do than to go out there and destroy. It is not good,” she said.
“When I see those pictures as a Kenyan, it saddens me; we are preparing for general election in August 2017 and the country is already polarized. It is worrying that our leaders are the ones leading the disintegration. It is our prayer that they amend their position and be able to work together.”
“As a peace crusader, it is not right. We are almost stabilizing and we risk going back to turmoil if the political tension is not managed.”