KNCHR apologises to Raila over IEBC remarks

Cord leader Raila Odinga during a meeting with KHNCR in Nairobi on Tuesday.Photo/COURTESY
Cord leader Raila Odinga during a meeting with KHNCR in Nairobi on Tuesday.Photo/COURTESY

The

Kenya National Commission on

Human rights has apologised to the Cord coalition for castigating the coalition's protests.

Speaking during a meeting with Cord MPs at

Capitol Hill office

on Tuesday, the commission said it will defend the right to picket adding "we

regret the wording of the statement".

Last week, KNCHR issued a statement faulting Cord for failing to follow the constitutional procedure for the removal of IEBC commissioners from office.

The rights group chairperson Kagwiria Mbogori had said "riots, street demonstrations and protests" are not the prescribed constitutional procedure.

"By calling for demonstrations, Cord is exerting political pressure to circumvent the rule of law and constitutional order,” the statement continued.

The coalition has for the past one month been to force out the commissioners out of office.

The opposition accused the IEBC of bias and said its members should quit.

IEBC officials, led by chairman Issack Hassan, have dismissed the charge and say they will stay.

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Party leader Raila Odinga accused the Jubilee government and the IEBC of arguing against reforms for a democratic electoral system.

Raila said the changes being pushed by the opposition reflect the will of members of the public.