The National Super Alliance (Nasa) says it will carry out protests in Nairobi on Friday in its drive for electoral reforms. The alliance has written to Nairobi County commander Japheth Koome saying its demo will be nonviolent.
Through Edwin Sifuna and Associates Advocates, Nasa, on the other hand, does not talk about the streets its protesters will utilize. “Our clients plan to hold peaceful processions/ demonstrations on Friday November 10, 2017 within Nairobi County as part of its pursuit for electoral justice and an end to electoral impunity in Kenya,” reads part of the letter.
“You are hereby informed of the same and appealed to offer security during the said procession/ demonstration to make certain criminal elements do not take advantage to harm demonstrators, the public or any property,” it adds.
On Saturday, Siaya Senator James Orengo told journalists in Nairobi that the coalition would hold one demonstration this week in its drive to have a new presidential election held after nominations. Protests within the Nairobi Central Business District were a topic of a tug-of-war a few weeks ago when acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i banned them.
He also said demonstrations by the opposition alliance were not permitted on the CBDs of Kisumu and Mombasa. Dr Matiang’i’s order was, nevertheless, dealt a blow a week later when the High Court momentarily suspended them.
The Nasa demonstrations will take place when Form Four students in several secondary schools will be writing their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations. On Friday, the subjects that will be examined are home science, art and design, building and construction, electricity, and power mechanics.
By writing a letter to the police, Nasa trusts officers will make the demonstration safe. “Your collaboration towards making the peaceful demonstration a success, in line with your responsibilities under the law, will be greatly esteemed.” the letter states.