Blind man demonstrate alone against Chiloba

It was a rare spectacle as a lone blind man took to the streets of Kitale protesting against IEBC’s CEO Ezra Chiloba being in office.

This comes as NASA supporters held demonstration in many parts of the country in their bid to oust the IEBC CEO.

Trans Nzoia County remained calm as supporters were not seen on the streets Monday where Josphat Barasa seems to have represented them.

This took residents by surprise as Barasa used his white cane to move along the streets of the town calling for the resignation of Chiloba who hails from his neighborhood of Kwanza Sub County.

He had lost out in Tuwan ward MCA nominations on FORD Kenya ticket.

The 32 years old father of two told the press in Kitale that it was his constitutional right to demonstrate even if it means being alone.

According to Barasa the constitution has not stated that people must express dissatisfaction over issues of national importance in a group.

He added that his protest was peaceful. Being alone shows that am peaceful and am not causing any disturbance.

He said people living with disabilities have taken a back seat on matters politics and activism and he was out to join other Kenyans who are not happy with a repeat presidential election without changes at the electoral body.

In an interview with KNA along Kitale streets, Barasa said he did his KCSE in 2005 at St. Columbus High school and later did theology at the University of African Theological Seminary in Kitale the year 2013.

He also said that he was advocating for change for people living with disabilities whom he said had been left out in decision making on key issues affecting the country.

The demonstrations planned by NASA leaders in Narok town to push for reforms in the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) backfired after the youths failed to turn out.

This is despite the key NASA point men in the area Senator Ledama Ole Kina and Narok North MP Moitalel Ole Kenta having given notice of the demonstrations last week.

Following the demonstration notice, hundreds of police officers were seen patrolling the busy town as early as 7am.

The two leaders however, held a press briefing outside the Narok ODM offices where they changed the agenda of the day to be a day to elect their party officials since a number of them defected to Jubilee.

We are not here to demonstrate, we are here to put our house in order by electing new officials who will in turn organize for a mega demonstration, said Senator Ledama.

Source: Kenya News Agency