Deadly clashes expected as Matiang’i bans demos in Nairobi’s CBD

Protesters in Mombasa, Kisumu also warned

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NASA supporters disrupt transport along the Kisumu-Kakamega highway during an anti-IEBC protest.. PHOTO: TWITTER/NTVKENYA

The government, on Thursday, October the 12th, banned anti-Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission in Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa Central Business Districts, ahead of the Friday protests.

Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i also said the coalition’s CEO, Chief Executive Officer, Norman Magaya, will be charged for losses incurred after Nasa supporters looted a Nairobi restaurant and destroyed vehicles.

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Caption: “10:24 HAPPENING NOW… Juja road blocked by demonstrators.” VIA: TWITTER/@Ma3Route

The CS invoked Public Order Act Cap 56 saying the Opposition supporters would no longer be allowed to picket inside the CBDs of the three cities.

“We have noted escalation of lawlessness especially in Homa Bay, Kisumu, Siaya, Migori and Nairobi,” Matiang’i noted during a presser.

A video went viral from the Wednesday, October 11 demos, it showing demonstrators stealing soft drinks and soda crates at Antonio’s Grill restaurant near Holy Family Basilica in Nairobi.

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They also left a trail of destruction, smashing windows of vehicles parked within the CBD, actions that left many outraged including Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko.

Last Wednesday demos in Kisumu was the most violent since Nasa started its demos a month ago. Several protesters were shot leaving one dead and many others injured as Raila Odinga supporters continue to push for changes at the poll body.

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A couple of police officers were also injured after a mob descended on them which led to an AK 47 getting stolen but it was later discovered.