Government vows to crackdown on protesters

The Government has warned anti-poll protesters against venturing into the Machakos Central Business District (CBD) in a bid to protect other people’s property.

The Machakos Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Sam Ojwang’ said those found doing so would be dealt with in accordance with the law.

Ojwang, who was speaking on Thursday at the Mulu Mutisya Gardens during a National Youth Service (NYS) induction ceremony for new cohorts, said nobody would be allowed to interfere with the freedom of others in the name of demonstrations.

There will be no more demonstrations allowed here in Machakos town in line with the directive that also applies to other parts of the country. As Machakos residents, we love peace and therefore, whoever is found demonstrating will be dealt with accordingly, he said.

His warning comes hours after acting Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS), Dr. Fred Matiang’i on Thursday outlawed all forms of demonstrations in the CBD areas of Kisumu, Nairobi and Mombasa following NASA’s weekly protests that have been blamed for huge business losses and destruction of property.

The opposition has vowed to defy the order and stated they would continue with their push to have selected Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) kicked out of office ahead of the October 26 presidential polls.

The Commissioner said every Kenyan has a constitutional right to take part in the coming elections and therefore nobody would be allowed to deny such a privilege to those interested in exercising that right.

He said those not interested in this year’s elections could still wait for 2022 when the next General Elections were expected to be held.

For those who don’t want elections to go on as planned, there is still 2022. They can still wait for such a time when they believe it is expedient to go for the polls, he added.

The Mwala Member of Parliament (MP), Eng. Vincent Musyoka who was also present during the function drummed up support for the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta by urging the residents to vote for Jubilee during the forthcoming polls.

He said those who voted for legislator, Dr. Victor Munyaka but failed to elect Uhuru were technically voting out their own leader.

In the forthcoming elections, for those who voted for Dr. Munyaka in the August 8 elections, voting for someone else other than Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta is tantamount to voting him out, said Musyoka.

On his part, Dr. Munyaka lauded the move by parliament in passing new election laws, saying they would go a long way in sealing loopholes that led to the cancellation of the August 8 presidential results by the Supreme Court.

Both Houses of Parliament have already passed the controversial laws that have sparked outrage from the opposition legislators in a feud likely to end in the courts.

President Kenyatta was any time expected to assent to the new Bill into law.

The NYS Deputy Director, Sam Michuki, who was also present during the colorful ceremony, said the government would be recruiting 2, 500 new cohorts per every Constituency.

During the ceremony, the recruits were issued working tools that included wheelbarrows, spades, rakes, gumboots, gloves among other equipment.

Source: Kenya News Agency