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Cornered protesters were clobbered by police using clubs, with at least one sustaining a deep cut on his forehead.
Police then lobbed teargas canisters to disperse the demonstrators with the newly acquired water cannons shooting a high-velocity stream of water into the scampering crowd.
A man was clobbered into unconsciousness by four police officers who chased him for more than 50 metres.
The unlucky protester tripped on a kerb and and that is when all hell broke loose.
Four police officers are seen taking turns to clobber him, two with clubs before two others kick him between his legs.
He was left lying on the ground and his state is still unclear.
Cord leader Raila Odinga led the pack in condemning what he termed as undue force by police, but vowed to soldier on.
“Despite the use of undue force by police, our peaceful pickets shall continue every week until the IEBC is reformed,” he tweeted.
RAILA survives ‘assassination’ attempt as police spray his car with bullets like JUMA
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has survived an alleged attempt on his
life during the CORD protests against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) at Anniversary Towers.
Fortunately, the bullet did not hit the former PM owing to his state-of-the-art bullet proof car. 5 bullet cartridges were scattered all over the scene after the protests subsided, a clear indication that the police were using live ammunition to disperse CORD leaders and their supporters.
The Opposition has condemned the use of live bullets against CORD and termed the shooting of Raila’s car by the police as an assassination attempt.
The incident comes even as the Opposition accused Uhuru/ Ruto’s Government and the police of assassinating businessman Jacob Juma in cold blood a week ago.
However, whether the alleged shooting at Raila’s car was an attempt to assassinate him or just a mere accident is yet to be established.
President Uhuru Kenyatta responds to CORD leader Raila Odinga.
In a statement issued by his Communications Director, Munyori Buku, on Monday, Uhuru accused Raila Odinga of planning to overthrow the constitution because he cannot be guaranteed chance of beating him in 2017.
“Raila Odinga is not interested in a new IEBC. He knows that even a new IEBC can neither guarantee him victory in 2017 nor save the cacophony that is CORD. The truth of the matter is that Raila Odinga is fighting the Constitution because it didn’t and is unlikely to make him President.
Whether a new IEBC is set up or not, Raila Odinga will fight to overthrow the Constitution before or after the election,” part of the statement reads.
Uhuru also said that Raila was motivated by a desire to forcefully remove IEBC from office instead of lodging a petition in Parliament where MPs will decide the fate of the commissioners.
State House’s full statement.
“Raila Odinga is not interested in a new IEBC.He knows that even a new IEBC can neither guarantee him victory in 2017 nor save the cacophony that is CORD.
The truth of the matter is that Raila Odinga is fighting the Constitution because it didn’t – and is unlikely – to make him President.
Whether a new IEBC is set up or not, Raila Odinga will fight to overthrow the Constitution before or after the election.
In other words, he will foment pre-election violence or post-election violence.
In an interview with a local TV station earlier, Raila Odinga uttered the ominous line: “If things do not go my way, the consequences are too grave to contemplate.”
In 2007, he thundered the same threat and Kenya burned.And this is not the first time he has fought to overthrow the Constitution. In 1982, he attempted to overthrow the Moi government.
In 2007, he refused to lodge a petition after the election and opted for mass action. That is why in subversion of the Constitution; Raila Odinga
wants forcible ejection of IEBC and enactment of “minimum reforms”.