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Ababu team tells AU to sanction Nasa leaders

Robin Obino @obinorobin

The Council of Kenyan Professional (CKP) yesterday met members of the diplomatic community to petition them to take measures against the Opposition for engaging in alleged lawless activities that could lead to violence.

The meeting was held in Nairobi before a team was dispatched to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to meet representatives from the African Union (AU) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad). “Igad and AU should not be silent on the political situation in Kenya.

They ought to deter any action that could lead to instability. Raila’s end-game is to foment a crisis in order to negotiate himself into power,” said CPK chairman Ababu Namwamba.

Accompanied by former Senate Speaker Ekwee Ethuro and former Garsen MP Danson Mungatana, CPK presented its petition to Igad’s senior political Adviser Daniel Yifru. The council members want the regional agencies to put in place measures to deter subversive activities by Raila Odinga that could lead to instability in Kenya.

They also want him to be held responsible should there be upheaval in the country, adding that tough measures like travel bans should be enforced against Nasa leaders. CPK secretary general Prof Peter Kagwanja reiterated sentiments by the AU, United Nations and other foreign missions on the need for an election as ordered by the Supreme Court on September 1.

“While the council recognises that Kenyans have a right not to vote, that right does not extend to preventing others from exercising their democratic right to vote,” he said.

The council said the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had already addressed a raft of demands cited by the Opposition and there was no reason for them to boycott tomorrow’s exercise.

CKP further noted that the courts, and not individuals, could only postpone elections and that Nasa was simply engaging in an exercise in futility by going to the streets. This comes a day after 20 Western envoys, led by America’s Robert Godec, insisted that the repeat election is held in accordance with the Constitution.

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