Acting Interiror CS Fred Matiang'i /COURTESY

Acting Interior cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has banned anti-IEBC street protests in Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa city centres.

CS Matiang’i on Thursday said the government made the decision to protect Kenyans and their property.

The anti-IEBC protests were sanctioned by the National Super Alliance (NASA) to display of their dissatisfaction on IEBC’s preparedness for the presidential repeat poll.

The opposition demands that the electoral agency addresses 11 critical concerns dubbed “irreducible minimums” before the country conducts a fresh presidential election as ordered by the Supreme Court on September 1. The concerns, attract attention for structural reforms including system and personnel based at the IEBC.

Even as the Alliance’s supporters continue with their protests, destruction of property has been reported in the cities subject to Matiangi’s latest order. This has not been welcomed by the government.

“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,” CS Matiang’i said.

The acting Interior CS said the named city centres will be a no-go zone for demonstrators. If anyone acts contrary to his directive, Matiang’i said he would ensure action is meted on the culprits.

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Government also plans to take action against NASA boss Norman Magaya.

CS Matiang’i stated that the organisers of demonstrations need to ensure the exercise is peaceful.

“We shall prefer charges against him because he is the one that called the demos, after we have quantified the extent of the damage,” CS Matiangi said.

The Wednesday’s NASA demonstrations in Nairobi turned chaotic as demonstrators looted and destroyed property. Video widely published on social media depicts protesters looting soft drinks in front of a retail shop.

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.

 

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