A major confrontation between the Government and the opposition is in the offing Friday after acting Interior CS Fred Matiang’i banned NASA protests in Nairobi, Kisumu, and Mombasa.
Matiang’i said he had banned the demos from the city centres to protect Kenyans and their property but opposition leaders vowed not to budge, saying demonstrating and picketing is their constitutional right.
Businessmen in Nairobi have condemned the protests that have turned into a looting spree. They say the protests are hurting businesses.
Last Wednesday shops were broken into and looted and vehicles damaged by stone-throwing protesters.
Security has been heightened within the major towns ahead of the anti-IEBC demos. Nasa supporters are expected back to the streets Friday to continue with their push for electoral reforms.
Nasa leaders led by Nairobi County Women Representative Esther Passaris, Dagoreti North Member of Parliament Simba Arati and his Rarieda counterpart Otiende Amollo have vowed to lead the protests.
Speaking separately at parliament buildings, Kilifi North MP Owen Baya faulted the ban saying the move curtails the democratic space already enjoyed in the country.
Elsewhere, the NASA Youth Turks led by their chairperson Jonah Onyango said they will continue with peaceful demonstrations in support for Electoral reforms.
Onyango further claimed that some jubilee politicians in Nairobi are hiring goons to disrupt peaceful demos by NASA supporters.
Dr. Matiang’i also said that NASA Chief Executive Officer, Norman Magaya, will take responsibility for the recent lootings, destruction of property and disruption of business during the recent anti-IEBC protests by NASA supporters.
He appealed to all Kenyans who lost property through looting or destruction as a result of the protests to report to police.