ODM lawmakers yesterday slammed acting Interior CS Fred Matiang’i for trying to curtail people’s constitutional right to picket by barring NASA supporters from holding anti-IEBC demos in CBDs.
Four MPs led by Jared Okello (Nyando) said NASA’s nationwide demonstrations are in line with the Constitution protected under Article 137 and that no individual or state agency can curtail people’s fundamental freedoms.
“What Matiang’i has done is to negate the tenets of the Constitution, which is unacceptable. During the old order, we had the Chiefs Order Act and it went with the old Constitution. That is what gave Matiang’i and company any leverage to employ caveats on fundamental freedoms,” Okello said.
Okello was accompanied by MPs Elisha Odhiambo (Gem), Fred Ouda (Kisumu Central) and Adipo Okuome (Karachuonyo) at a press conference at Parliament Buildings.
Matiang’i said the National Security Advisory Committee resolved yesterday morning to bar protesters from accessing the CBDs of Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa.
The CS warned organisers of the protests will be held personally responsible for any damage to property and looting caused by protesters.
“I will further issue a gazette notice with regulations that govern the conduct of demonstrations. 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,” Matiang’i said.
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