, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 23 – Margaret Nganyi is 60 years old and an active participant of the CORD protest against commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
She says she has chosen to take part in the demos despite the risk that comes with it to ensure change in the country’s electoral body.
According to her, “it’s a price worth paying.”
The mother of two has marked her calendar to ensure she doesn’t miss the anti-IEBC protests at the Anniversary Towers in Nairobi.
She’s always among the first protestors to arrive, despite the threat that comes with it – being clobbered by police and the effects of tear gas.
“Police are good people but I don’t know what happens to them at some point,” she told Capital FM News.
“I have been clobbered in all the three protests but I am never discouraged.”
Her character, among the rest of protesters, is unique since she normally takes her ‘grievances’ to the police.
She is usually seen pointing fingers at tough looking officers.
“You are all my sons,” she often tells the officers.
On Monday, Nganyi was the first protestor to arrive at Anniversary Towers for the day’s demonstration which was declared illegal.
Her motivation, she said was “last Monday’s police brutality. They almost killed one of our own.”
She has vowed to keep on attending the demonstrations until the electoral body is disbanded.
“It’s only baba (Raila) who can stop me,” she asserted.
Her sentiments are widely shared by many other supporters of the Opposition and their leaders.
Police were on Monday morning strategically positioned in various places in all the perceived entry points to Anniversary Towers.
Officers from the prison department were also deployed.
While CORD insists they’re following the law, the critics of their weekly demonstrations challenged the coalition to use Parliament to eject the commissioners from office.