NASA leaders have vowed to press on with anti-IEBC protests despite government directive banning protests within major towns in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.
Led by Siaya Senator James Orengo the opposition vowed it will not relent in its push until full reforms are undertaken at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
Orengo argued that it is the responsibility of the police to protect those demonstrating saying they will not be intimidated by the Government.
He said they have noticed that some people are infiltrating their anti-IEBC demos, with an agenda to loot defending NASA supporters that they vandalized people’s businesses and vehicles during their protests.
Police and opposition NASA supporters engaged in running battles in Nairobi County for the better part of Friday as the weekly NASA Anti-IEBC demos entered its third week Friday.
Police who took vantage positions right from the Capitol Hill, NASA’s offices where the NASA supporters had resorted to converge for coordination’s after Uhuru Park was inhabited by the KDF, had to ensure NASA supporters don’t set foot in the capital’s CBD.
Some leaders and demonstrators were accosted by police who were forced to use tear gas as they attempted to breach the CBD cordon.
The scenario was replicated in Mombasa County as NASA demonstrators defied the acting Interior CS Fred Matiang’is directive.
The demonstrators who turned up in large numbers were dispersed by police who kept watch.
In Kisumu town, at least 20 people among them a journalist covering the demonstration suffered injuries after police clashed with anti IEBC demonstrators in the lakeside town.
The journalist attached to a local TV station was hit by a tear gas canister in the midrib section as he filmed the unfolding events. Four of the injured suffered gunshot wounds with one in critical condition.
The demonstrators unsuccessfully attempted to gain access into Kisumu’s CBD in defiance of an order by acting interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i banning demonstration within major town in the country.
Business came to a halt as all roads leading in and out of the CBD were barricaded by anti IEBC demonstrators. A similar situation was experienced in Nyalenda, Obunga and Nyamasaria. The demonstrations are set to become a daily routine from Monday next week.
The youth engaged the police in running battles for the better part of the morning as they seek to access the CBD in contravention of a directive by the government.
However, in Migori things turned ugly as five people were left nursing serious gunshot wounds after they were hit by stray bullets during the demonstrations in Migori town.
Five people including a 72 year old granny are among those nursing gunshot wounds in Migori after the demonstrations turned chaotic.