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Governor Kidero backs Cord’s anti-IEBC demos

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has supported protests by the opposition Cord against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), but said the protesters should not use violence or disrupt peace.

Speaking Saturday, during a funds drive at Precious Blood Girls High School in Riruta, the governor said that most Kenyans had lost faith in the institution that is expected to conduct free and fair elections.

“IEBC to can’t force themselves to stay,” said Dr Kidero, adding that if the electoral body had left office when the calls to disband it started, the demonstrations which continue to hurt businesses in the city would have ended a long time ago.

He added that even if the institution was good for the last election, it does not mean it is good for the next.


Dr Kidero urged Cord to carry on with the anti-IEBC protests saying it was the right of the people to demonstrate if they were unsatisfied with the Constitution.

He, however, welcomed the move to have dialogue on the IEBC.

He said that there was no formula to be followed in a dialogue, hence all that matters is the end result.

“We must have dialogue [since] what was good yesterday might not be necessarily good today. Dialogue has no formula. The best formula is the one that works,” said Dr Kidero.

He called upon Nairobi residents to ensure that the vision to make the City attractive for investments and a place to live and work in is achieved, saying this was everyone’s responsibility.