Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria has written a letter addressed to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon requesting for a meeting to “discuss threats to regional peace and security posed by Kenyan opposition leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula.”
In a letter dated Sunday, May 22, 2016, Kuria says the recent anti-IEBC protests led by the CORD principals are increasingly polarizing the country – and that Kenya risks a repeat of the 2007/2008 post election violence.
“In the last few days, we have seen a section of Kenyans led by Hon Raila Amolo Odinga together with his colleagues in the CORD Coalition (a minority coalition in the National Assembly) take to the streets demanding electoral reforms… The protests are each day turning violent and are slowly dividing Kenyans on tribal and political lines,” reads in part Kuria’s introduction.
“We fully concur that electoral commission’s leadership must be broadly acceptable but we fully believe that this can be achieved through dialogue and within our Constitution,” Kuria said, adding: “We need to strengthen institutions, not destroying them.”
“What Hon Raila Odinga is doing is to destroy Kenyan institutions that he played a great role in setting up. We all know that he is not after any electoral reforms, since he is well conversant on how such reforms can be achieved… His intention is to be in government through the backdoor and if we allow this to continue we will be killing our growing democracy. This is a path we went through in 2007/08 and the script is the same,” adds Kuria.
“During the 2007/2008 Post election violence close to 1300 Kenyans died, 600,000 were forcefully displaced and or evicted from their homes. This was a result of a disputed election where Hon Raila Odinga bitterly complained that his election was ‘stolen’ and was not willing to seek any constitutional mechanism to solve the impasse,” said Kuria.
The Gatundu lawmaker alleges that Raila’s intention is to revive ICC’s focus on Kenya, and when violence erupts, his key political opponents will be deemed answerable – hence elimination of competition by the former premier.
“His (Raila) entire goal is to have the entire ICC review its processes and have the ICC Kenyan cases revived. This will allow him to eliminate political competition and give him advantage of ascending to the presidency,” said Kuria.
“The above issues are what form the basis of our meeting where I will be able to show how Raila uses divisive politics to force himself into ‘shared’ government and why he is willing to use the IEBC as a platform to advocate his political greed. I will also explain how his other mechanisms have failed and or failed to gain traction and why IEBC is his last hope!
“I appreciate if we can meet at a mutually convenient time to talk and it is my hope that your busy schedule will allow you to meet with me. I am readily available and can be reached through my personal mobile,” Kuria concluded his correspondence to the South Korean statesman.
Kuria’s letter to the UN Secretary-General comes at a time when CORD have vowed to go back to the streets for the fourth time on Monday, May 23 to push for removal of IEBC Commissioners from office.
CORD says the Isaack Hassan-led commission is a biased electoral referee and cannot be trusted in conducting the August 2017 General Election.