Opinion / Commentaries
Monday, 13 Jun 2016 12:01 EATdkinyanjui@kenyafreepress.com
Nairobi has in the past few weeks been a bedrock of unnecessary demonstrations led by the CORD coalition which is calling for the disbandment of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
The demonstrations have led to a number of casualties as police brutality has been on the rise.
The Police, which was supposed to have undergone reforms, have unleashed terror on many demonstrators. The image of a heavily-armed policeman kicking a protester’s head with his boots that went viral last month captures the merciless approach of many police officers in dealing with the protesters.
While CORD supporters also insist that their demos are peaceful, those who have been unfortunate enough to be caught up in the protests don't have fond experiences. The protesters torched a matatu in Nairobi two weeks ago. The Matatu Owners Association has vowed to use violence against CORD supporters who attempt to destroy their vehicles during their weekly protests. This pain from the protests is being felt in the public transport sector and by small scale traders in Nairobi who have to shut down their businesses every time CORD protesters take over the streets.
Given the problems associated with these protests, including the killings and huge medical expenses that victims of police shootings have to bear, it would be appropriate for CORD to call off the protests and explore diplomatic ways of addressing the crisis over the IEBC.
Kinyanjui is a student of journalism studies at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. He is currently on industrial attachment at the Kenya Free Press.