NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 6 – National Super Alliance supporters and their leaders are free to demonstrate provided they do it peacefully, police have said.
Nairobi County Commander Japheth Koome says police will accord them protection but warns that they will act firmly if they turn chaotic.
“We don’t derive pleasure in clobbering fellow citizens,” the Nairobi Police boss said.
“We are here to protect lives and property.”
He warned against supporters blocking roads or destruction of property.
On the question of counter demonstrations, he says every Kenyan has a right to express their opinions without infringing on the rights of others.
“We’re here to provide security for all Kenyans and we will do it jealously without fear or favour,” he said.
A group of demonstrators dubbed the Nairobi Business Community have vowed to counter the NASA protest.
While NASA is calling for reforms at the electoral body, the rival group wants IEBC given a chance to prepare adequately for the October 26 fresh presidential election.
NASA leaders led Raila Odinga may join protesters Friday after Monday’s low key demonstrations in Nairobi.
Already protestors were out in the streets in various NASA strongholds like Kisumu and Kakamega by Friday morning.
Nairobi remained calm and other than heavy security presence, only tens of NASA supporters had arrived outside IEBC headquarters along the University Way by midday.