Protests banned in Kenya after opposition leader pulls out of presidential election

NASA Announces Daily Anti-IEBC Demos Across the Country

The NASA joint parliamentary group demanded to know why the government handed over the security of the Nairobi central business district to an unauthorised group. "If Matiangi can not satisfactorily answer this question, then he must tender his resignation without any further delay", said the parliamentarians.

In Mombasa, protesters were dispersed as soon as they started.

Supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga have been holding regular demonstrations in Mombasa, Kisumu, and the capital Nairobi to push for election reforms before the October 26 re-run of Kenya's presidential election. All the cities are some of NASA's strongholds.

The government, according to the CS will now sue NASA CEO, Norman Magaya, in a bid to have all the property destroyed by opposition supporters during these demonstrations paid for.

The changes in election laws will see the powers of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) reduced and also cement manual transmission as the primary method of relaying results.

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The anti-IEBC protests that had entered the third week were on Thursday banned by Kenyan authorities following outcry from the business community which suffered losses after looting by rioters.

NAN reports that several people were injured in protests in Kenya on Wednesday, a day after opposition leader Raila Odinga announced he would quit the presidential race, in a move that plunged the country into uncharted waters. Nasa have dismissed the ban saying the demos will escalate.

However, the opposition plans to go ahead with protests despite the ban declaring that demonstrations will be staged on Friday, and on a daily basis from Monday next week.

He added that they expect Kalonzo Musyoka over the weekend.

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