Kenya

NASA supporters block roads as third anti-IEBC protests kick off countrywide

Supporters of Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga, from the National Super Alliance (NASA), coalition protest outside the Supreme Court in Nairobi, Kenya August 18, 2017. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Anti- IEBC demonstrations have kicked off in NASA strongholds for the third time in a matter of weeks – The opposition has marshaled voters to take to the streets in a bid to force the IEBC to make reforms it had proposed

In Nairobi, Mathare area, NASA supporters lit bonfires in the streets halting the traffic and throwing businesses into disarray – Along the Kisumu-Kakamega highway, trasport has been paralysed after youth lit tyres on the road in anti-IEBC demonstrations

NASA leaders had earlier on stated the demonstrations will take place every Monday and Friday until top IEBC officials including CEO Ezra Chiloba leave office National Super Alliance (NASA) supporters on Monday, October 6, heeded to calls by leaders and took to the streets to protest demanding removal of IEBC officials from office.

The supporters in NASA strongholds lit bonfires and blocked roads while in some other parts the protests were peaceful. In Kisumu city, traffic along the busy Kisumu-Kakamega highway was disrupted by protesters

In Nairobi’s Mathare area, the busy Juja Road was blocked by youths who lit bonfires, disrupting traffic as they chanted anti-IEBC slogans

In Mombasa, however, the situation was different as demonstrators peacefully matched to IEBC offices to demand the removal of Ezra Chiloba and others.

In Homa Bay county, protesters blocked main roads by lighting fires and calling for resignation of the implicated officials

In Bungoma, the demonstrations were largely peaceful as people matched in the streets.

NASA has tabled a list of what it says are irreducible minimums that have to be met if the October 26 fresh election is to take place. A series of meetings with the IEBC have failed to yield fruit

 

 

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