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March 22, 2018

Matiang’i bans demos in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu CBDs

Some of cars which were damaged during the NASA demonstration in Nairobi.Photo Enos Teche
Some of cars which were damaged during the NASA demonstration in Nairobi.Photo Enos Teche

The government has banned demonstrations within the Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu CBDs, citing destruction of property during protests.

Speaking in Nairobi yesterday, Acting Interior CS Fred Matiang’i said city centres will be a no-go zone for protesters, adding the ministry will soon outline guidelines governing the conduct of public processions and demonstrations.

Matiang’i warned tough action will be taken should protesters violate the directive.

The CS further said the government is contemplating charging NASA CEO Norman Magaya for calling demonstrations that turned chaotic on Wednesday.

“Peaceful demonstrations are allowed by the Constitution, but there’s a law and a framework within which that has got to be done. We cannot take advantage and destroy property and businesses of innocent people,” he said.

Matiang’i said is the responsibility of organisers of a demonstration to ensure they are peaceful and orderly.

He said organisers will be required to strictly adhere to provisions of the law to ensure a formal notification is given to the police when organising protests.

“The police must issue a formal notification either allowing the demonstrations or providing reasons why not to allow them,” Matiang’i directed.

He continued, “The law provides that the organisers shall be held personally liable for any breach of law during demonstrations.”

NASA leaders and their supporters have been taking to the streets of major towns in Kenya thrice a week and on Wednesday, they said daily protests will start next week.

The opposition said the demos are aimed at pushing for systems and personnel reforms at the IEBC.

The alliance wants the changes — including firing of 11 top officials accused of bungling August 8 poll, dropping of Dubai-based ballots printer Al Ghurair and French technology supplier OT-Morpho — effected before the repeat presidential election.

The IEBC told the Star the opposition leader’s withdrawal had already been overtaken by time as he was to do it within three days of being gazetted.

It also came a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta dared the ODM leader to quit the race and allow the country to move on.

However, Raila said that in 2013, the Supreme Court expanded the meaning of Article 138( 8 ) (b) to include withdrawal of a presidential candidate.

Raila said his withdrawal requires the IEBC, chaired by Wafula Chebukati, to conduct fresh nominations as provided for in the Elections Act 2011, Section 13 ( 1 ).






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