Acting Interior CS Fred Matiang’i in his just concluded press conference at Harambee House has banned NASA ‘s anti-IEBC demonstration . Mr . Matiang’i was speaking on the country’s security during this prolonged election period. In his speech he said that an elaborate security structure has been implemented across the country .
He went on to say that the government is working hard to make sure that the lives and properties of Kenyans are safe . He added that it is non negotiable and that they will do what the law requires them to do accordingly . He said there will be no bias and no compromises when it comes to maintaining peace .
He quoted Article 37 which states that every person has the right, peaceably and unarmed, to assemble, to demonstrate, to picket, and to present petitions to public authorities. He however warned that this right is limited and it doesn’t allow for infringement of other people’s rights .
He went on to add that in the recent times they have noticed breach of peace and destruction of property by NASA demonstrators . He said the demonstrations have led to serious peace disruption, mass economic destruction and damage to critical national property. He also condemned the police attacks in various parts of the country.
He further drew attention to section 5 of the public order act. The act clearly states that it is the responsibility of the organizers to ensure the demonstration are peaceful. It is also their responsibility to notify the authorities on time,venue and motives for any demonstration.
Mr Matiang’i said according to the law the organizers are liable for any breach or destruction of property . He therefore urged all Kenyans whose property was destroyed to report to the police station and give their statements. He said that NASA CEO Norman Magaya will be held responsible for all losses incurred during the NASA demonstrations.
He also banned all demonstrations in Nairobi, Mombasa or Kisumu. He insisted that the demonstrations were not organised peacefully according to the law. He assured Kenyans that the government has no intention of going back on the rights of anyone . He said that the business community in the country is deeply worried and called for leaders to put the countries need first .