The government has banned public demonstrations in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu cities until further notice. The ban takes effect immediately. Addressing the press at Harambee House this afternoon, acting Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’I said his ministry will shortly be gazetting the regulations guiding public demonstrations so that even as people exercise their right to demonstrate they should not infringe on the rights of others.
He said the government cannot interfere with peaceful demonstrations but will not allow destruction and looting of property of other people.Matiang’I also said that the NASA CEO, Norman Magaya, will take responsibility for the recent lootings, destruction of property and disruption of business that happened during the recent anti-IEBC protests by NASA supporters in the country.
He appealed to all Kenyans who lost property through looting or destruction as a result of the protests to report to police. He said from now on, anyone wishing to hold a demonstration will have to notify the Officer Commanding police Station- OCS, indicating the area where they plan to hold the demonstrations, time and reasons. This is a blow to the National Super Alliance (NASA) which announced yesterday that it will be holding daily protests from Monday next week to push for reforms in the IEBC