Kenya’s government has banned anti-IEBC protests in three major cities across Kenya, the Interior minister made this known on Thursday while giving a public address concerning the demos against electoral commission.
Kenya’s interior minister Fred Matiangi says police will not allow opposition demonstrations in their strongholds in the country’s three biggest cities because of “imminent danger of a breach of peace.”
Matiangi further disclosed the three cities where the opposition demonstrations have been banned and these cities include Nairobi, Kisumu, and Mombasa.
Kenya’s opposition leaders have, however, urged supporters to hold peaceful demonstrations to pressure the electoral commission to reform its staff and operations before fresh elections are held on Oct. 26.
Matiangi said opposition protests had seen “attacks on police stations, attacks on police officers occasioning grievous bodily harm, serious disruption of normal business, assault on innocent civilians, destruction, and looting of property.”
He threatened anti-IEBC protests organizers with legal action.
“It is the responsibility of the organizer that all participants remain peaceful. The organizers shall be held personally liable for any breach of law during the demonstrations,” he said.
However, this is happening a few days after the NASA leader and flag bearer Mr. Odinga bowed out of the presidential race citing refusal of IEBC to implement reforms to guarantee a level playing field.
Meanwhile, the government has said it will charge Nasa’s chief executive Norman Magaya for calling the demos that turned chaotic on Wednesday.
Some businesses were looted and property destroyed during the protests in Kisumu and the capital Nairobi.
“We shall prefer charges against him because he is the one that called the demos after we have quantified the extent of the damage,” Dr. Matiang’i said.
He called on traders who lost their property during the protests to record statements with the police.
In reaction to the ban, while addressing supporters at Uhuru park Siaye Senator James Orengo has declared that the opposition will stage demonstrations daily from next week until reforms are made to the electoral commission.
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The NASA leader and presidential flag bearer Mr. Raila Odinga have departed for the UK Wednesday night after his withdrawal from the October 26 poll.
His spokesman, however, informed the press that he will be giving an address on the Political situation of Kenya and his stands in the current struggle.
Western diplomats have condemned Kenya’s Political leaders for preventing a smooth and peaceful election. The 2017 General Election in Kenya was once anticipated to mark a historic transition in the East African Country but it suddenly went chaotic.
With the ongoing anti-IEBC protests, many have lost their lives, some others have lost their businesses and others have been injured and they are lying there in the hospitals.