By Eric Biegon/ Victor Muyakane/Samuel Musita
Transport along the Kisumu-Kakamega highway was Monday paralysed by youths protesting at Kibuye against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
There were huge bonfires in Kondele and Kibuye estates as police engaged the youths. And unlike previous protests, the youths descended on Manyatta, Obunga and Nyalenda estates with supermarkets and schools remaining closed ahead of the protests.
Youths also blocked major roads in Migori County by lighting bonfires. Owners of matatus and private cars kept their vehicles fearing they could be torched by the protestors.
This comes even as police caution CORD leaders against the planned protest.
Nairobi police Commandant Japheth Koome cautioned that the police are under strict instructions to arrest and detain anyone who will turn up for the protests, irrespective of their status in society. Koome termed the protests as illegal.
Koome stated that security agencies have information regarding certain elements who have planned unrest in capital by under the guise of the protests.
Meanwhile, the main bridge between Kenya and Tanzania was also blocked with the protestors erecting makeshift kiosks, thus paralyzing activities at the border point.
Migori County Police Commander, David Kirui, by the time of going to press was in a meeting with top security chiefs to chart the way forward in dealing with the protests. More protests were reported in Rongo and Awendo towns.
Meanwhile, the high court has declined to okay an application by Gatundu South MP, Moses Kuria, seeking to bar the opposition from holding anti IEBC demonstrations.
According to Justice Joseph Onguto, peaceful demonstrations are a right granted by the constitution.
The court also ordered the police to provide security for those parts in the demonstrations.
In his application, Kuria wanted the court to restrain the opposition from storming the IEBC’s offices and intimidating commissioners as this was unconstitutional.
The ruling came hours before leaders of the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) and their supporters began their Monday protests to force IEBC commissioners out of office.
Meanwhile, Election observers ELOG have called for full disclosure of progress made in Chicken-gate investigations, arguing that since the ongoing stalemate at IEBC emanates from the saga, then officials implicated in any graft ought to step aside to pave way for investigations.