November 23rd 2017

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Govt bans NASA demos in three cities, threatens to arrest Magaya

The government’s order comes amid a deepening political stand-off between the ruling party-Jubilee and the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) over a presidential election re-run.

By Phillip MuleeThursday, 12 Oct 2017 13:54 EAT

The government has banned opposition demonstrations in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu cities, setting the stage for a clash with NASA supporters who had planned to march in the three cities to press for reforms in the electoral commission.

Acting Internal Security Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi today announced the banning of NASA demos in central business districts of Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu, deepening the political stand-off between the ruling Jubilee Party and the opposition over the impending fresh election ordered by the Supreme Court last month.

The CS cited Section 56 of the Public Order Act in outlawing the demos and said the ban was aimed at protecting Kenyans and their property. He however in his announcement said, the government’s ban does not breach the right of opposition supporters to demonstrate and picket as is outlined in the country’s constitution.

He said his decision was arrived at after a National Security Advisory Committee meeting which agreed on the need to safe the respective cities of impending danger.

Members of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance, the CS said, had also raised concern with the ongoing NASA demonstrations which had impacted negatively on their business. “We cannot go on this way. It is unfortunate to see people’s cars being smashed, property being destroyed in the guise of a peaceful demonstrations. We must respect the law”.

He at the same time declared that organisers of demonstrations would be held personally liable for any damage caused, adding that NASA Secretariat CEO Norman Magaya would be prosecuted over the same.

He cited 6th October where Magaya, the CEO of NASA notified the Nairobi County Commander of the intention to hold peaceful demo’s and during those demo’s serious destruction of property, looting and vandalizing of vehicles and destruction of normal life were witnessed.

“it’s very sad to see some of the footage we saw last night, people’s cars being vandalized, peoples’ businesses being destroyed under the guise of peaceful demo’s” he added “we will be the most irresponsible government if innocent people, grocery owners, small businesses in Nairobi are having very serious challenges.”

If anyone’s property was vandalized or looted, they have been directed to report to the OCS, Nairobi Central Police Station. NASA had a scheduled demo for tomorrow and everyday starting next week.

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