Police,NASA supporters Clash Over Anti-IEBC Demos Ban
Police and opposition supporters have clashed over the latter defied government ban and took their anti-IEBC demos some city centres.Similar Story:Mating’i Bans Anti-IEBC Demos In Three City Centres
In Mombasa, anti-riot police were not taking chances as they swarmed the coastal city’s streets to enforce the government directive.
They dispersed a group of National Super Alliance (Nasa) supporters who had converged on Uhuru Gardens along Moi Avenue and later Nkrumah Road.
Deputy Governor William Kingi, Senator Mohammed Faki and Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir were leading the protests when police fired the corrosive gas.
The protesters and their leaders scampered for safety, with police in hot pursuit.Read Also:All Eight Presidential Candidates Will Be On The Ballot-IEBC
It was not immediately clear if the officers made any arrests and if the protesters suffered any injuries.
A clash was looming in the capital Nairobi and Kisumu, the other cities the government has banned demos in central business district.
In Kisumu, Orange Democratic Movement, a Nasa affiliate party, said they would enter the CBD of the lakeside city.
Kisumu Senator Fred Outa said that they would stage demos in all parts of the town.
According to Mr Outa, Interior acting Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, who banned the demos in CBDs, does not have powers over the Constitution which “guarantees right to picket.”
By 9am, protesters had started gathering at Kondele area in readiness for their march to the offices of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in Milimani.
Police blocked major roads leading to town at the Aga Khan roundabout.Read Also:High Court Orders Ekuru Aukot To Participate in Repeat Poll
They used teargas to break up an assembly of Nasa supporters around the Aga Khan Hospital and the town’s main stage.
In Nairobi, there was an uneasy calm and normalcy ahead of the planned demos.
But the central business district of the capital was on a police lockdown.
Although a number of businesses were open in midmorning, police officers continued patrols along major streets of the capital.
Uhuru Park, where the demos have been starting, was cordoned off by police to allow military training ahead of the Mashujaa Day celebrations.
The officers, dressed in anti-riot gears, equally sealed off the anniversary towers, which houses the IEBC headquarters.Also Read:Possible Scenarios After Raila Withdraws From Presidential Race
ODM Chairman John Mbadi told said that he was preparing to lead the demos to the city centre.
He said they do not recognise Dr Matiangi’ s directive.
He said they were prepared for anything as they seek to “liberate majority Kenyans from autocratic rule”.
The opposition is pushing for systems and personnel changes at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) before repeat presidential election, including the dropping of Dubai-based ballots printer Al Ghurair and French technology supplier OT-Morpho.
Nasa also wants IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba and 10 other top officials accused of bungling August 8 poll , which was quashed by the Supreme Court, shown the door.Raila Withdraws From Repeat Presidential Election