KENYA: OPPOSITION NASA TO CONTINUE WITH PROTESTS AGAINST ELECTION COMMISSION

NAIROBI, The countrywide weekly protests planned by the opposition National Super alliance to push for reforms in Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) are expected to resume on Monday.

The Alliance maintaining that there will be no election if IEBC is not restructured.

These even as Members of the Nairobi business Community said they will also stage parallel protests as well as protect their business premises from looters.

NASA has forwarded to IEBC what it calls 11 irreducible minimums that among other thing call for the sacking of the electoral body Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba among other officials.

The protests set the stage for another showdown between the police and the National Super Alliance supporters and a likely confrontation with the business community.

Flag Bearer Raila Odinga said they will hold protests twice a week to push for changes in the electoral body ahead of the fresh presidential elections slated for Oct 26.

The protests will now be held on Mondays and Fridays every week even as Jubilee leaders maintain that IEBC is an independent body and should be allowed to carry out its constitutional mandate.

The controversial amendments to the election laws by Jubilee have also rubbed the opposition coalition the wrong way, with a section of its Legislators maintaining they should be dropped.

The opposition leaders say the task of defending the constitution and the rights of all Kenyans cannot be left on the opposition leaders.

Speaking in Vihiga County the National Super Alliance principals hit out at the Jubilee Government claiming it’s taking Kenya back to dictatorship.

Flag bearer Raila Odinga was categorical that NASA will not allow Jubilee to misuse their tyranny of numbers in Parliament to mutilate the Constitution.

He said they will not participate in the election as long as the amendments are in the picture saying Jubilee doesn’t mean well for the Country.

Co-principal Musalia Mudavadi said they are confident they will win the fresh Presidential election but maintained that the exercise must be carried out in a credible manner.

He said IEBC has failed to respond to concerns they have raised saying NASA will boycott the poll if the Commission isn’t restructured and those who bungled the August 8th election removed from office.

They said Jubilee’s bid to change the law is an attempt to manipulate the fresh Presidential election arguing that as a player Jubilee shouldn’t be the one setting the rules.

NASA will wrap up its campaigns for the weekend in Kakamega and Busia Counties even as it maintains that it will continue with protests to eject IEBC officials from office.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK