Govt yet again bans CORD anti-IEBC demonstrations

Govt yet again bans CORD anti-IEBC demonstrations

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Late Joseph Nkaiserry addressing ta press joint briefing with AG Githu Muigai (left) and IG Joseph (right) Boinnet in Nairobi. PHOTO: FILE.

Nairobi, KENYA:The government has yet again banned CORD’s demonstrations against Independent electoral and boundaries m commission IEBC disbandment.

In a joint media briefing in Nairobi on Tuesday Attorney General Prof Githu Muigai, Inspector General of police Joseph Boinnet and Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaiserry,  said that the government has decided to execute the ban following the violence witnessed during the demonstrations held on Monday in Kisumu ,HomaBay, Migori and Nairobi.

“Clearly these demonstrations are not within the parameters set out by the constitution ,to avert further violence ,destruction of property and loss of life from today the government prohibits all unlawful demonstrations in the country.”Nkaisserry said.

He said that the government has decidecd to take such initiative to avert further crisis in the country warning that such demonstrations are detrimental to the country’s peace and security.

“We call to all citizens of good will, to adhere to this directive in the best interest of the country.”He said.

“What the constitution of Kenya protects is the right of unarmed demonstrators to assemble and picket the constitution does not protect rioters assembly , a group of persons who peacefully starts a demonstration and becomes violent and destroy properties.”Prof Githu Muigai said.

Nkaisserry said that there is need for the coalition to halt these demonstrations as the government puts up legal mechanisms to solve IEBC stalemate amicably.

He pointed out that the government opts to sue CORD leadership over the loss of lives and destruction of properties worth millions of shillings across the country following Monday’s demonstrations.

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On the other hand, inspector General of police Joseph Boinnet reiterated that the national police service is geared to execute the ban order ,after CORD violated the law and right to hold
demonstrations as enshrined in the constitution.