In Summary
  • Dr Matiang’i cited Section 56 of the Public Order Act in making the decision even as he insisted that his order does not curtail the right of National Super Alliance (Nasa) supporters to demonstrate and picket.

  • He said the ban followed a National Security Advisory Committee meeting and that it “was due to the clear and imminent danger, for the time being”.

The government has outlawed anti-IEBC demos in central business districts of Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.

Citing Public Order Act, Interior Acting CS Fred Matiangi on Thursday said the ban was aimed at protecting Kenyans and their property.

RIGHTS

Dr Matiang’i cited Section 56 of the Public Order Act in making the decision even as he insisted that his order does not curtail the right of National Super Alliance (Nasa) supporters to demonstrate and picket.

He said the ban followed a National Security Advisory Committee meeting and that it “was due to the clear and imminent danger, for the time being”.

Dr Matiang’i said he had also met the Kenya Private Sector Alliance that he said complained to him about the demos and their effects.

“We cannot go on this way. It is unfortunate to see people’s cars being smashed, property being destroyed in the guise of a peaceful demonstrations. We must respect the law,” he said.

REFORMS

Nasa leaders and their supporters have been taking to the streets of major towns in Kenya thrice a week and on Wednesday, they had vowed daily protests from next week.

The opposition says the demos are aimed at pushing for systems and personnel reforms at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

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