NAIROBI, The High Court here has temporarily lifted the ban by acting Interior Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Fred Matiangi on demonstrations by supporters of the opposition cialition, the National Super Alliance (NASA) in the central business districts of the capital, Nairobi, the western city of Kisumu and the port city of Mombasa.
It further barred the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) from arresting the Head of Secretariat of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), a component of NASA and the party of opposition presidential canididate Raila Odinga, Norman Magaya, or any NASA demonstrator.
This follows a case filed by NASA on Monday claiming that their right to freely picket is being infringed on. While certifying the matter as urgent, Justice John Mativo said the suspension will remain in effect until the suit filed by Magaya is heard and determined.
On Monday, Magaya went to court seeking to restrain the IGP from arresting him over ongoing NASA demonstrations, after Matiangi said they will hold him personally liable for the looting and vandalism of people’s properties during the protests.
The opposition in the suit claims that police have unleashed terror, violence and gone on a shooting and killing spree more specific in areas perceived to be sympathetic to their political cause. NASA in the meantime temporarily called off all protests scheduled for Tuesday, saying they the protests will resume on Wednesday.
Odinga’s spokesperson Dennis Onyango said the decision was taken to enable the coalition to attend to their supporters who were brutalized and hurt during Monday’s demonstrations.
A form four student lost his life after he was caught up in a confrontation between the police and NASA supporters in Kisumu County while several other protesters were seriously injured.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK