Why I skipped Azimio protests, Elachi

Dagoretti North MP Beatrice Elachi has explained why she did not attend Monday’s protests by Azimio La Umoja One Kenya supporters.
Azimio MPs and their supporters held protests outside the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC offices in Nairobi on Monday.

They were protesting the interdiction of IEBC Deputy CEO Ruth Kulundu over “witch hunt from the commission.”

They want Kulundu reinstated, even as they accuse the IEBC of targeting officials perceived to be friendly to the party.

However, Elachi says she believes in “diplomatic” methods to solve issues.

“I believe in a different way of managing things. The problem with politicians is they fear their leaders, we don’t! We come here by the grace of God to stand for the country and so for this decision, it’s important also to use diplomacy because it works very well to achieve the same goal,” she said during a live TV interview.

Kulundu was the secretary at a meeting in which four IEBC commissioners rejected the presidential election results announced by the commission’s chair, Wafula Chebukati, on August 15.

During the Monday protests, police resorted to lobbing teargas canisters, after the leaders defied an order to disperse their supporters before they get an audience with the electoral body.

The former Nairobi County speaker however reiterated her support for Kulundu.

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