Ban demonstrations? Let’s meet on Monday, NASA leaders tell Matiang’i
NASA will conduct demonstrations on Monday as scheduled whether acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i likes it or not Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir has said.
Nassir, a close ally of Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho said said Matiang’i does not have the right to ban protests.
On Thursday, Matiang’i and National Security Advisory Committee banned demos in Mombasa, Nairobi and Kisumu CBDs saying the threat to the government has grown.
Matiang’i noted there has been mass destruction of property. Singling out NASA CEO Norman Magaya, he said organisers will be held personally liable if orders are broken.
Nassir said police are not entitled to issue orders against a constitutional right.
“Matiang’i has no authority whatsoever to do or not to do so. Demonstrations are a must,” he told The Star on phone.
He said they gave police notice that they will be storming the streets on Mondays and Fridays.
During Monday protests, Nassir said Friday’s will be fiery.
He said the demos will begin at Tononoka grounds and end at IEBC’s offices in Kizingo, a distance of about five kilometers.
Initially, NASA supporters were converging at Uhuru Gardens and covering a distance of less than two kilometers to IEBC offices.
All anti-IEBC demonstration in the county have been largely peaceful but Friday’s has been predicted to be violent.
Nassir said Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho will not take part but will be available for NASA’s Sunday rally at Mama Ngina grounds.
Joho led Nairobi demos on Wednesday to demand that IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba resign.
Magaya has been maintaining such threats by the government are gibberish.
Last Sunday when police banned Mombasa’s Monday demo, he said police are part of dictatorial government.
Mombasa Urban police Lucas Ogara said demonstrators should keep off streets because President Uhuru Kenyatta was in town.
“We will not allow. They will not do it here. Tomorrow we don’t need any demonstration while we have the President here,” Ogara said.
But Magaya said they will not be cowed.
“If they will attempt [to ban the demo], it will be illegal, police have no powers under the law to outlaw demonstrations, neither do they have powers to permit a demonstration. They only need notification to provide security.”
NASA has called demonstrations every day of the week to demand reforms at IEBC.