NASA intensifies demos despite Raila Odinga withdrawing

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man holds 'Vote Raila, vote God' placard. /COURTESY

The Opposition will go ahead with its anti-Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission demonstrations despite its presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, deciding to withdraw from the October 26 poll.

According to National Super Alliance lawyer, James Orengo, the protests will go on as planned countrywide to have the electoral commission meet the coalition’s irreducible minimums.

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NASA leader Raila Odinga. PHOTO: JAMBONEWSPOT

The coalition has upped the protests to include Wednesdays adding to the earlier teargas Mondays and Fridays.

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Orengo who is also Siaya Governor said on Tuesday, October 10 that today’s demo in Nairobi will begin with a gathering at Uhuru Park, causing fears among Nairobians.

The programme will include Raila supporters being addressed by several Opposition leaders before marching towards the IEBC headquarters at Anniversary Towers on University Way as has become the norm.

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Raila announced on Tuesday, his decision to abandon the October repeat poll, that had been ordered by the Supreme Court, throwing the county into a Constitutional crisis as it had not anticipated such a move. He cited lack of co-operation by the poll body.

A protestor was shot on Monday during Nasa demos in Nairobi and more were injured after a vehicle rammed into a crowd as the driver sped off to avoid marauding youths.

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Raila and Kalonzo are yet to join their supporters in the streets even as the anti-IEBC protests enter week 3. They say they can’t expose themselves to danger after the government withdrew their bodyguards.