Kenyan opposition leaders have vowed to defy the government’s order to ban demonstrations and instead insisting that they’ll go ahead with their demonstrations as scheduled.
The legislators’ hard stance comes after the government banned demonstrations in central business districts of Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu cities.
Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i outlawed the demonstrations after reported destruction of property during anti-IEBC protests held yesterday.
“We will not allow any demonstrations in the CBD’s in Mombasa, Nairobi and Kisumu and we will advise the police on the same,” he said.
Matiangi also called on Kenyans whose property was destroyed or looted to report the matter to police, adding that organizers of the demos led by NASA chief executive Norman Magaya will be held liable.
However, shortly after the announcement, leaders allied to the opposition led by Senator Moses Wetangula vowed to defy the ban and continue with the protests saying that Kenyans had a right to hold peaceful demonstrations as stipulated by the constitution.
The NASA coalition led by Raila Odinga has vowed to continue holding demonstrations against the country’s electoral body IEBC until all electoral reforms they are demanding are realized.