It’s insulting that the great people of Kisumu are not allowed to legally demonstrate, when the law says so!
Kisumu and Nyanza are Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) strongholds, where the opposition party has had big support over long time; Therefore the protests done in the recent two years has been powerful. Now the Jubilee and the government in the final week of the campaigns are banning all protest and demonstrations in Kisumu, which is insulting to the people there. This is also going against the constitution of 2010.
Which states as follow:
In the Article of 37 it says: “Every person has the right, peaceably and unarmed, to assemble, to demonstrate, to picket, and to present petitions to public authorities” (Constitution of Kenya 2010).
So when you know Article 37, the Kisumu County Commissioner Maalim is insulting the Article 37, when he says what he says to the media today. Just take a look!
“Kisumu County Commissioner Mohammed Maalim banned any protests citing security breach witnessed in the past” (…) “Mr Maalim said the move is part of the security preparedness his team had put in place ahead of the next week’s elections. Addressing journalists in his office after a county security intelligence committee meeting, Mr Maalim said the ban will stop criminals from taking advantage to destroy property within the town. “We have witnessed in the past that hooligans take advantage of peaceful demonstrations to cause havoc in the city, this is what we are avoiding,” said the commissioner” (Oudia, 2017).
Mr. Maalim, I am sure your quest is noble and your will is of peaceful congregation in the streets of Kisumu. This should be allowed and demonstration notified the authorities and the Police. Should be allowed, that some has taken it to far in the Anti-IEBC rallies might be true. But that doesn’t mean the next one will have the same sort of people as a part of it. That is doubling down and making sure the public dissidents cannot walk the streets in disbelief of the result of the election or other maladministration. This should be okay and within reason.
As long as every person carry themselves in peace, they are unarmed and they assemble to demonstrate, while they notify the authorities on the planned activity in Kisumu. The Commissioner Maalim clearly doesn’t see this, because he is biased on their behavior and expect everyone to be a villain and hooligans. This is insulting to citizens of Kisumu and Kenyans in general.
If it was like this, than there should never be allowed to demonstrate anywhere, since there been looting and vandalism in other parts and in other towns. But alas, no-one else has said so, except in one of the ODM strongholds, which is part of NASA. Seems like the Jubilee want to use all methods to crowd control and take away freedoms from the people. Since they cannot manage to have peaceful demonstrations in Kisumu.
Stop in insulting the people, work for them and not against them. Peace.
Oudia, Rushdie – ‘Protests before, after polls banned in Kisumu’ (02.08.2017) link: http://www.nation.co.ke/news/politics/Protests-polls-banned-Kisumu/1064-4042344-dh8ui0z/index.html