The National Super Alliance (NASA) now plans to hold daily street protests starting Monday next week, in a bid to convince structural reforms at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Their charged spirit for more action on streets came a day after the coalition’s presidential candidate Raila Odinga quit the race. Odinga explained that the IEBC had failed to honour their demands for electoral reforms otherwise known as irreducible minimums.
The NASA chief lamented; “IEBC has refused, neglected or failed to put in place mechanisms to correct illegalities and irregularities cited by Supreme Court during the nullification of the August election.”
During Wednesday’s anti-IEBC protests in Nairobi, Siaya Senator James Orengo said the opposition coalition would continue mounting pressure for changes to be implemented at the electoral commission.
“We announce that this demonstration will continue on Friday and beginning Monday, it will be held every day,” Orengo said.
But the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK), on Wednesday urged President Uhuru Kenyatta and National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga to put national interests above their partisan interests.
ICPAK national vice-chairperson Ms Rose Mwaura said the election deadlock was impacting negatively on the economy. She said the ongoing turmoil might lead to job cuts to reduce operation costs.
“We are concerned that the continued political uncertainty is hurting our economy. The prolonged political activities have seen Gross Domestic Product growth slow down to five per cent in recent months,” Ms Mwaura said as quoted by Nation.