Citizens have the right to protest, says Senator Faki

Mombasa Azimio leaders led by Senator Mohamed Faki during Tuesday's briefing./COURTESY

Mombasa Azimio leaders have reiterated that the county will take part in the planned nationwide Azimio-led protests.

Speaking on Tuesday, the leaders led by Mombasa Senator Mohamed Faki said everyone had a right to hold peaceful protests.

“Together with other Mombasa leaders, including members of parliament from Kisauni, Jomvu, and Changamwe, the Speaker of the County Assembly, county MCAs, and the ODM County secretary general, we strongly condemn the statement made by William Ruto asking his members of parliament to mobilize constitutional militia as a way to balkanize those who want to protest and those who do not,” said Sen. Faki.

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The leaders called on Mombasa residents to show up for the protests scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday saying citizens had a right to protest.

They also condemned the move by the government to withdraw security from Azimio-affiliated leaders.

“In spite of depriving my fellow Members of Parliament and our Azimio leaders of their security officers, we say we are not afraid to defend the rights of Kenyans because this current government is increasingly making Kenyans poor by worsening their survival means,” said Faki.

“We will continue our peaceful protest three days in a row, from Wednesday to Friday, in Mombasa until the wishes of the silent ones are heard!” he added.

Meanwhile, Interior Cabinet Secretary Kindiki Kithure has urged Kenyans to go about their normal businesses on Wednesday.

police lobbying teargas during one of the Azimio-led protests./COURTESY

CS Kindiki said law enforcement agencies will ensure the people’s safety.

“National security agencies have deployed all the available resources to ensure that scenes witnessed on Wednesday do not happen again. Anyone planning to unleash violence on Kenyans is hereby warned to cease and desist,” said Kindiki.

He also urged those who would wish to exercise their rights to do so within the law and without violating the rights of others.

“Those who doubt the government’s resolve to prevent further loss of life, injury, destruction of private property, and degeneration of the country into anarchy have a date with law agencies tomorrow, Thursday, Friday or any other day,” said the Interior CS.