‘Nonsense!’, High Court tells CS Fred Matiangi
The High court in Nairobi Kenya has lifted the ban on National Super Alliance (NASA) demonstrations within the Central Business Districts(CBD) of Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu cities. The court ruled that the ban was illegal and the acting Cabinet secretary internal security and Coordination of central government Fred Matiangi had no authority to ban peaceful protests enshrined in the constitution of Kenya under the bill of rights.
NASA coalition Chief Executive officer Mr. Norman Magaya had last week sought the court’s intervention on the matter and had requested the court to bar the state from prosecuting him or finding him responsible for the damage caused by protesters. The High court ruling today, suspends directives that the NASA CEO be held personally liable if protesters destroy public property and further allows demonstrators to picket and hold peaceful protests in any part of the country.
Meanwhile, the National Super Alliance NASA last evening decided to call off all the anti IEBC protests scheduled for today Tuesday, October 17, 2017 temporarily to enable the coalition to attend to the supporters who were brutalized and hurt and families that lost loved ones after police and ‘State-protected goons’ descended on protesters and NASA leaders in yesterdays protests.
The coalition through its communication channels has however indicated that protests will resume on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 nationwide.
‘The Coalition directs all its supporters to stay off the streets tomorrow and resume Wednesday.
In the meantime, NASA condemns the unfolding policy of ethnic profiling and use of brutal and lethal force being meted out on protesters. The Coalition appeals to human rights organizations to take keen interest in the atrocities being committed against its supporters across the country and provide necessary support to victims in addition to taking actions commensurate with the crimes,’
read in part a statement by the NASA secretariat communications officer Dennis Onyango.
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