Tuesday, June 21, 2016
These Are The Leaders Americans Threatened To Ban From Ever Stepping In The US Over The IEBC Impasse
The ruling Jubilee had maintained a hard-line stance insisting that the IEBC commissioners would only be removed from office through the channels provided in the constitution.
Cord coalition on the hand stated that the IEBC was not an independent arbiter and the parliament route was bound to fail thanks to the tyranny of numbers enjoyed by Jubilee.
This led to violent protests that claimed the lives of five demonstrators. The US ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec was forced to intervene after churches failed to bring the two warring coalitions to an agreement.
According to the Star, Godec made it clear that leaders from both coalitions would be issued with travel advisory if the country plunged into lawlessness.
This is what prompted the government to cede ground and Cord to call off the Monday protests that came to be christened ‘Shisha Mondays’.
The names of those who the US had threatened with sanctions include:
William Ruto-Deputy President
Aden Duale-Majority Leader
Moses Kuria-Gatundu South MP
Ferdinand Waititu-Kabete MP
Raila Odinga-Cord Leader
Kalonzo Musyoka-Cord co-principal
Kimani Ngunjiri-Bahati MP
Johnstone Muthama- Machakos Senator