NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 17 – The National Super Alliance (NASA) on Tuesday indefinitely suspended its demonstrations against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to allow the coalition honour its supporters killed in the demonstrations.
In a statement, NASA leader Raila Odinga said the Opposition is deeply disturbed by the continued brutalization of its supporters especially in Western Kenya – the latest victim being a high school student who was shot dead during Monday’s demonstrations in Kisumu.
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“In honour of the innocent victims of the State, our protests will stay suspended. On Friday, we will mark the memory of these victims as heroes of the struggle for electoral justice at a venue to be disclosed later. On that day, we shall communicate our next course of action.”
“We stand with our supporters and all Kenyans in their legitimate struggles for free, fair and credible elections and a leadership that is in line with their aspirations,” he said.
NASA appealed to human rights organisations to take keen interest in the atrocities committed against its supporters across the country and provide necessary support to victims.
The NASA leader wants Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi and Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet held responsible.
“NASA is exploring means to hold Mr Boinnet, Mr Matiangi and individual officers personally responsible for the murders,” he said.
Odinga’s coalition has for the last four weeks been leading a series of Opposition protests which police have dispersed with teargas.
Among the reforms Odinga is demanding include the replacement of suppliers of equipment used to transmit election results and the substitution of electoral officials the Opposition claims were complicit of electoral fraud.
The new poll was ordered by the Supreme Court after the Opposition challenged the results of elections in August which gave the incumbent, Uhuru Kenyatta, a second presidential term.
The August poll was annulled by judges concerned by procedural failures and a lack of transparency, which they said rendered the result invalid.