NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 11 — Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has weighed in on the ongoing anti-Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) protests saying they are protected by law though there should be no destruction of property.
Speaking during a fundraising ceremony at Precious Blood school Riruta on Saturday, Kidero underscored the need for dialogue backed by good will on the issue.
While welcoming the move by President Uhuru Kenyatta to initiate dialogue, he stressed the need for the views of Kenyans on the matter to be taken into consideration.
“Demonstration is a right. Picketing is a right that is enshrined in the constitution. As a country we must dialogue and we must talk. Dialogue has no formula. The best formula is the formula that works. It is the formula that people want,” he said.
He said the embattled IEBC commissioners should also listen, “to the voice of Kenyans,” and resign.
“And we have said and we continue to say and the most recent survey shows that 78 per cent of Kenyans want IEBC to go. They can’t force themselves to be there. They need to go,” he said.
Kidero however urged Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) supporters to avoid damaging property in their agitation for the commissioners’ exit as it would adversely affect the economy.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday said the government will not allow any more property to be destroyed under a banner of ‘peaceful protests’.
He said stern action would be taken against anyone who destroyed public or private property while claiming to be holding peaceful demonstrations.