In Summary
  • Gem MP Elisha Odhiambo said the demonstrations on Friday would be bigger than those on Monday and Wednesday.
  • Mr Okello said it was upon the police to protect lives and property during the protests.
  • Jubilee Party MPs from the city were, however, critical of the demonstrations and lauded the decision by the National Security Advisory Committee not to allow protests in the city centre.

National Super Alliance (Nasa) MPs have accused Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i of usurping the Constitution as their Jubilee Party counterparts welcomed his decision to bar anti-IEBC demos in Nairobi’s central business district.

The Opposition MPs said they were dismayed by the Cabinet Secretary’s ban, which they said negates and usurps the Constitution.

RIGHT

“We all know demonstrations are very constitutional and only a court of law can tinker with the Bill of Rights in the Constitution,” said Nyando MP Jared Okello, who led the MPs at a press conference at Parliament.

Mr Okello said from their interpretation of the Constitution, nobody needs permission from the police to hold a demonstration.

“All one needs to do is inform the police. We will not be cowed into silence,” said Mr Okello.

He was accompanied by MPs Fred Ouda (Kisumu Central, ODM), Adipo Okuome (Karachuonyo, ODM) and Charles Were (Kasipul, ODM).

Gem MP Elisha Odhiambo said the demonstrations on Friday would be bigger than those on Monday and Wednesday.

POLICE

Mr Okello said it was upon the police to protect lives and property during the protests.

Jubilee Party MPs from the city were, however, critical of the demonstrations and lauded the decision by the National Security Advisory Committee not to allow protests in the city centre.

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