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October 23, 2017

Matiang'i bans demos in Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa CBDs after NASA threats

National Super Alliance supporters hurl a stone at Jubilee Party's along Moi Avenue in Nairobi during protests against IEBC, October 11, 2017. /JACK OWUOR
National Super Alliance supporters hurl a stone at Jubilee Party's along Moi Avenue in Nairobi during protests against IEBC, October 11, 2017. /JACK OWUOR

The government has banned demonstrations in the CBDs of Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu, citing security threats.

Acting Interior CS Fred Matiangi said the National Security Advisory Committee made the decision on Thursday morning.

He noted there have been more cases of looting and grave damage to public property.

"Due to the clear danger posed to the government, it has resolved to ban all demonstrations across the Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu CBDs ," he told journalists on Thursday.

"I will further issue a gazette notice with regulations that govern the conduct of demonstrations."

More on this: Cops fire teargas at NASA protesters, Orengo declares daily demos

Also see: [VIDEO] NASA demos: Well-wisher to give bread and sodas daily, Antonio's looted

Matiang'i also said organisers of demonstrations will be held personally liable for any damage caused.

The CS cited damage to vehicles and public property and attacks on innocent civilians and police in Kisumu, Homa Bay, Migori, Siaya and Nairobi.

Matiang'i noted the government will not sit back and tolerate activities aimed at crippling the economy.

"As much as the constitution allows people to picket and demonstrate, the government's key priority is to protect its citizens and their property and this, for sure, we shall do without fear or favour," he said.

Matiang'i also said that due to the extent of damage, action will be taken against "organiser" Norman Magaya of NASA.

"We have requested all citizens whose property was either vandalised, looted or damaged to record statements with the OCS at Central police station. Once we assess the damage, we shall prefer charges against Magaya."

The ban comes just a day after the Opposition coalition declared it will hold daily protests across the country to push for reforms at the IEBC.

Read: Cops fire teargas at NASA protesters, Orengo declares daily demos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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