Police, NASA supporters clash in Anti-IEBC demos

Written By: Hunja Macharia
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Police officers had to fire tear gas canisters to disperse rowdy anti-IEBC NASA protesters who had gathered at Freedom corner ready to start their demonstrations.

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Nairobi Woman Rep Easter Passaris, her Homabay counterpart Gladys Wanga, Embakasi East MP Babu Owino among other leaders joined NASA supporters for the weekly demonstrations to force out of office a section of IEBC officials among them CEO Ezra Chiloba.

In what had been a largely peaceful gathering, NASA supporters engaged police in running battles as the protests turned chaotic.

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Business owners in some parts of Nairobi business district had to close their premises fearing for the worst as the anti-IEBC demo threatened to get out of hand.

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NASA maintains they will continue with the protests every Monday and Friday until IEBC is restructured before the fresh Presidential election slated for 26th of October.

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The Alliance has also threatened to boycott the election saying it can’t be handled by the same people they accuse of bungling the August 8th election.

The protests continue even after IEBC made temporally changes in the Commission, with Chairperson Wafula Chebukati unveiling a team that will oversee the exercise.

And while Chiloba is not in the team, it remains unclear which role he will play in the fresh Presidential election.

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The situation was replicated in Kisumu County where NASA supporters took to the streets demanding for Chiloba’s exit, engaging police officers in confrontations barely days after they looted Tumaini supermarket in the County.

The supporters marched to IEBC offices in the Country displaying anti-IEBC placards and chanting anti-IEBC slogans.

 

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