National Super Alliance (NASA) has vowed to defy the ban by government to hold their anti-IEBC demos in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu Central Business Districts.
In a joint statement by Nasa Members of Parliament, the leaders said they will go ahead with their protests as scheduled.
Reading the statement, Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo said that Nasa reads mischief in the move by the government to bar NASA supporters from protesting, yet no statement was issued on the “Nairobi Business Community”, which has been disrupting their demos.
“That directive is unlawful. We will protect our right as outlined in the constitution and we will proceed with our demonstrations,” said Dr. Amollo.
Other MPs present during the press briefing include Simba Arati (Dagoretti North), Antony Aluoch (Mathare) and Esther Passaris (Nairobi Woman Rep).
The MPs distanced their supporters from the chaos and destruction of property witnessed in Nairobi and Kisumu, saying that police are to blame since they are supposed to protect them.
In a media briefing earlier in the day, acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said the demos had been banned, citing Public Order Act that provides for protection of citizens and their property.
“Following a meeting of the National Security Advisory Committee held earlier today and in accordance with Section 5 of the Public Order Act; due to the clear, present and imminent danger of breach of peace and public order as witnessed in recent demos, the government notifies the public that, for the time being, demonstrations shall not be allowed within CBDs,” Dr. Matiang’i said.
Nasa has announced it will hold daily anti-IEBC demos beginning Monday next week.