Matiang’i bans Nasa demos in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu
The government has banned anti-IEBC demonstrations in the central business districts of Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu cities
Interior acting Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i on Thursday said while it was the right of any Kenyan to hold peaceful demonstrations, the previous demos by the National Super Alliance (Nasa) supporters have been characterized by destruction of property, looting businesses and attack on police.
He said the government would not condone such demonstrations.
“We will not allow any demonstrations along the CBDs in Mombasa, Nairobi and Kisumu and we will advise the police on the same,” he said.
The CS also said it was the responsibility of the organizers of the demonstration to make sure that the demonstrators do not infringe on other people’s property.
Dr Matiang’i also said the police will prefer charges to the Nasa chief executive officer Norman Magaya for not ensuring that their supporters do not destroy property.
“The law requires that person who issues a notice to the police requesting to be allowed to hold peaceful demonstrations to be held responsible of any destructions,” he said.
Dr Matiang’i said since the anti-IEBC demonstrations started, a lot of property has been destroyed and supporters have been attacking police leading to confrontations.
He called on business people whose property has been destroyed and looted to report to the police.
“We are going to take legal measures against the organizers, this will also enable us to launch investigations and those found culpable charged,” he said.
Dr Matiang’i, however, assured Kenyans that the government will ensure there is peace and order.