Court declines to stop CORD protests as businesses disrupted in Kisumu

June 6, 2016 11:49 am
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In the lakeside city of Kisumu businesses have been brought to a standstill with anti-IEBC protesters who lit bonfires in most roads leading into the city/CFM
In the lakeside city of Kisumu businesses have been brought to a standstill with anti-IEBC protesters who lit bonfires in most roads leading into the city/CFM

, NAIROBI, Kenya, June 6 – The High court has declined to stop CORD protests against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and instead ordered police to provide them with security.

Justice Joseph Onguto has ruled that the demonstrators are exercising their democratic right under the Constitution and must be allowed to picket.

The Judge has now ordered the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet to ensure law and order is maintained throughout the protests as opposed to blocking the demonstrators.

He made the ruling in a case lodged by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria and four other Jubilee legislators who had wanted the protests stopped.

The judge said he was not convinced that the demonstrations constitute an illegality on grounds that they are causing an inconvenience to the general public.

“They are within their rights to picket, demonstrate and express their opinions. The police are therefore required not to abdicate their duty and should ensure law and order is maintained,’’ the judge declared.

According to the MPs, the move by the CORD is in violation of the Constitution to the extent that they are seeking to unlawfully force the IEBC commissioners to leave office prematurely.

It is their argument that the opposition and others who may be seeking the ouster of IEBC commissioners are unequivocally bound by Article 91 of the Constitution as Political Parties not to engage in acts of sabotage of the Constitution.

Meanwhile hundreds of youths have begun their protests from Kibera and are heading to Nairobi Central Business District. They have disrupted traffic flow on the busy Ngong Road.

In the lakeside city of Kisumu businesses have been brought to a standstill with anti-IEBC protesters who lit bonfires in most roads leading into the city.

Business was paralyzed as most motorists kept off the road that was littered with stones and other burning objects.

Schools were also closed as parents kept their children in doors fearing running battles between the police and the protesters.

Most traders are counting losses as they have failed to open up their businesses.

Police in full combat could be seen on vehicles patrolling the city ostensibly to monitor the situation from a distance.

The protesters later marched along Jomo Kenyatta Highway towards the local IEBC offices but were stopped by the anti-riot officers who fired in the air dispersing them.

The situation in Kisumu has no normalized as the protesters could be seen in groups along the streets chanting anti-IEBC slogans.

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