National Super Alliance (NASA) supporters in various parts of the country have heeded calls by their leaders to stage protests against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
Last week, NASA leader Raila Odinga announced that the Opposition coalition would be embarking on weekly protests, every Monday and Friday, to force the electoral commission to implement specific changes before the repeat presidential election set for October 26.
They said the demos would be peaceful. However, in Kisumu, the protests were characterized by ugly scenes after locals barricaded roads with stones and burning tyres compelling police to engage them in running battles.
Anti-riot police were forced to lob teargas canisters to disperse the rowdy youth who were pelting police motorcades with stones along Kondele Street where business has been brought to a standstill.
The police in Kisumu were at some point forced to retreat to the Kondele Police Station after they run out of teargas. Last week, a section of protesters in Kisumu expressed anger after police failed to tear-gas them during an anti-IEBC protest on Tuesday.
Led by Kisumu Central MP Fred Ouda, the protesters were gathering to march to the local IEBC offices.
In the meantime, in Nairobi, heavy security has been deployed at the IEBC headquarters at the Anniversary Towers and its environs as the NASA leaders and their supporters make good their threat.
Similar protests have also kicked off in the coastal city of Mombasa.
The Raila Odinga-led team is demanding among other issues the firing and prosecution of about 10 IEBC officials among them the chief executive officer, Ezra Chiloba. NASA maintains there will be no October election as long as the current commission remains as currently constituted.
Also on their raft of demands, which they have termed as ‘irreducible minimums’, is the blacklisting of technology firm OT-Morpho and printer Al Ghurair from the upcoming election.
NASA is also protesting the Jubilee Party’s move to introduce several controversial amendments to the country’s Election Laws.
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