National Super Alliance (Nasa) MPs have accused Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i of usurping the Constitution as their Jubilee Party counterparts welcomed his decision to bar anti-IEBC demos in Nairobi’s central business district.
The Opposition MPs said they were dismayed by the Cabinet Secretary’s ban, which they said negates and usurps the Constitution.
“We all know demonstrations are very constitutional and only a court of law can tinker with the Bill of Rights in the Constitution,” said Nyando MP Jared Okello, who led the MPs at a press conference at Parliament.
Mr Okello said from their interpretation of the Constitution, nobody needs permission from the police to hold a demonstration.
“All one needs to do is inform the police. We will not be cowed into silence,” said Mr Okello.
He was accompanied by MPs Fred Ouda (Kisumu Central, ODM), Adipo Okuome (Karachuonyo, ODM) and Charles Were (Kasipul, ODM).
Gem MP Elisha Odhiambo said the demonstrations on Friday would be bigger than those on Monday and Wednesday.
Mr Okello said it was upon the police to protect lives and property during the protests.
Jubilee Party MPs from the city were, however, critical of the demonstrations and lauded the decision by the National Security Advisory Committee not to allow protests in the city centre.
They also said they would sue the organisers of the demonstrations to compensate traders who lost property and whose premises were attacked on Wednesday as a result of the protests.
Kamukunji MP Yusuf Hassan said while the right to demonstrate is entrenched in the Constitution, Nasa should condemn those who went out to loot and destroy property.
“We’re here to stand up for our traders because Nairobi is a trading city, professional people going about their business. We would like the police to take stern action against any violator of this ban,” said Mr Hassan, who heads the Nairobi Jubilee MPs caucus.
Roysambu MP Waihenya Ndirangu said the MPs would engage a law firm to sue the organisers of the demonstrations for damages incurred by businesses in the city.
Starehe MP Charles ‘Jaguar’ Njagua has written to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to move its headquarters out of the CBD.
He copied his letter to the Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet.
Mr Njagua is unlikely to force the IEBC out of the CBD given it has been a long-term tenant at Anniversary Towers and getting space elsewhere would be a lengthy process.
He asked those affected by the demonstrations to record statements at the Central Police Station to support the private prosecution.
Embakasi Central MP Benjamin Mwangi said as the most affected group, transporters would not allow the protests to continue.
Other MPs at the press conference were Nixon Korir (Lang’ata), John Kiarie (Dagoretti South), George Theuri (Embakasi West) and James Gakuya (Embakasi North).
Former TV presenter Louis Otieno goes deaf
The only way his hearing can be fixed is by having a procedure undertaken in India called Cochlear implant
Five surprising causes of hearing loss
The number-one cause of deafness is probably quite an obvious one: age. Most people’s hearing begins to decline from 30...
Blind couple celebrates their love in style
As the world marked Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, visually challenged Joseph Mwaniki decided to surprise his blind wife of 27...
Aboud Rogo’s widow jailed for 10 years
Haniya Said was found guilty of conspiracy for supporting an attack in which three women fire-bombed the port city's main police...
Kenya says open to more insurance investors
Kenya has a population of 45 million people, according to Kenya National Bureau of Statistics and the government says it...
Quit if you can’t deliver, Uhuru tells new Cabinet
President said he expected his new Cabinet to help in the achievement of the Big Four Agenda that will transform...
Jubilee MP Alfred Keter arrested for Sh633m fraud
Recently, he was among the four Jubilee legislators kicked out of house committees for defying a State House order on...
I stopped Kalonzo from taking oath, churchman says
Arch Timothy Ndambuki says together with 19 clerics from the county they met Kalonzo prevailed upon him to keep off...
High Court revokes Miguna’s deportation
Justice Luka Kimaru directed the government to deposit Dr Miguna’s revoked passport at the court within seven days
Where patients give witchdoctors first priority
Professional diagnosis by doctors in hospitals is sought as a last resort after the traditional healers have failed