Matiang’i bans anti-IEBC demonstration

Christine Siamanta
By Christine Siamanta October 12, 2017 12:48

Matiang’i  bans anti-IEBC demonstration

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 .

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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 .

 

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Christine Siamanta
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