The Nairobi Metropolitan Police Japheth Koome must calm down his Police Officers that are dispersing the CORD-Protesters around the Anniversary Tower in Central Nairobi, Kenya. Since they are not only shoting tear-gas and using water-cannons to stop their demonstrations there. On this THIRD Monday. The Police have gone further today as the Picture shows that the Police Officers used live bullet towards a Car. This car is not some random citizens car. This is the car of Hon. Raila Amullo Odinga, the CORD Principal Leader and former Prime Minister of Kenya. They shot directly at his car! This cannot be justified and the Officers who did this should be questioned and get punished for the consequence this bullets could have had.
IGP Joseph Boinett needs to take charge and set the standard for Policing in Kenya, as this unkind violence cannot be accepted!
Time for Police Commander of Nairobi Japheth Koome to take responsibility of the violence they creates with their Anti-Riot Police Force and the tear-gas and water cannons, that the Police Officers even shoot at the cars of Oppostion Leaders, that his Policing with IMPUNITY and UNJUSTIFIED behaviour. No pride, no need and no care for life when you shot bullets like that towards a brother. Hon. Raila Odinga deserves not to be shot at! That is just taking it too far. I condemn that shooting and the acts of Nairobi Police, who did this without thinking about the implications. Peace.
In Nairobi today the Coalition of Reform and Democracy (CORD) have yet again decided to Demonstrate against the Independent Election and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). As the Kenyan National Police Force has come out with their mambas and their specialized anti-riot vehicles that the Government ordered from China recently; as well as they have prepared and shot tear-gas at fellow citizens.
CORD Leaders addressing supporters along Moi avenue Nairobi before storming IEBC Offices shortly.
What the Police says:
“Police now say they have intelligence reports that a section of Opposition supporters intend to carry lethal weapons during Monday’s protest at Anniversary Towers against IEBC officials” (Capital FM Kenya, 09.05.2016).
The ones present at the Demonstration:
“Cord leaders and supporters defied warnings by police and carried on with their planned protests against the IEBC on Monday. In Nairobi, hundreds of supporters marched to the commission’s Anniversary Towers offices despite warnings by police. Among leaders present were Suba MP John Mbadi (ODM national chairman), Kitutu Masaba’s Timothy Bosire and Nyando MP Fred Outa. Others were woman representatives Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay) and Florence Mutua (Busia), Nominated Senator Agnes Zani and Awendo MP Gerald K’Opiyo. GSU and regular police were deployed to the premises, which they sealed off. In Kondele, Kisumu , demonstrators waved twigs while others carried a banner reading “IEBC must go!”, but they were later dispersed by police.”
The Police have already said to the Media that the Demonstrators are drunk and cannot be taken serious. As they Police have come with full-gear and full-fledged with tear-gas and cars as the clips and pictures. Contingent of police officers deployed to maintain law and order as opposition leaders and their supporters vowed to stay put as they pile pressure on electoral body to be disbanded.
“KENYA-Cord supporters on Monday defied government warnings and turned up for their protests seeking to kick out IEBC commissioners from office. In Nairobi, the Opposition supporters started converging outside Anniversary Towers from as early as 7am.The situation was the same in Kisumu town Police officers deployed to guard the electoral body’s premises” (Wish FM, 09.05.2016).
“Nairobi police boss Japheth Koome claimed that some protesters had planned to cause chaos and had armed themselves with crude weapons. He said intelligence reports showed the protesters were planning to attack IEBC officials and that they will be treated as criminals. “We will not allow a few people to cause violence in the city,” Koome said.There was heavy police presence at the Anniversary Towers where IEBC is headquartered” (X News Kenya, 09.05.2016).
The way the Police dispersed the demonstrators by the police officers who used Water Canon and teargas canister to keep them at bay. So the Police officers harassed the peaceful demonstrators with violence. The tear-gas even covered upper-Nairobi after the Police decided to disperse the crowd. So 30 minutes after the Police went in, the streets around the Anniversary Tower was the same and the streets empty of demonstrators as the Police and Japheth Koome of Nairobi Police must be happy.
This will not stop here, and the Pre-Election Violence and the amount of tear-gas spread against the opposition. Who should have the right to question the Electoral Commission whom seems to be more a close ally to the Ruling Party and the Ruling Elite instead of being truly independent as it should be and represent all parties not just the Jubilee or the ones who have control of government right now! Peace.
“Police insist they will not condone any acts of hooliganism during the ongoing protests againg the IEBC. Nairobi county commander Japheth Koome speaking earlier today said security forces will deal firmly with any provocations of violence” (KTN News, 2016)
“There was drama in Kisumu after a lone protestor chained himself on the main gate of the IEBC offices in Kisumu. Fred Ouda, a member of the Siaya county assembly, said he was protesting against the roughing up of CORD leaders and their supporters by police. Police were forced to lob teargas to disperse demonstrations who were headed to the IEBC offices led by Governor Ranguma Kisumu Ouko Okusah with the details” (NTV Kenya, 2016).
Just as the dust-settles and the tear-gas canisters get cleaned away from the area of the Anniversary Tower of Nairobi after the demonstration yesterday that ended in Police Brutality and arrogance from the Kenya Metropolitan Police Japhet Koome and his IGP Joseph Boinnet. They did this in service for the ruling party and the ruling government.
Ladies and Gentlemen President Mugabe of Zimbabwe because of yesterday have let the world know that Hon. Raila Odinga cannot look at the Lancaster House in Harare and see the inflation levels up-close in the Republic of Zimbabwe. That because the grand dictator of Southern Africa is disgusted with the actions of the CORD leader and his Political Alliance.
Let’s be clear, for the Jubilee Alliance Party MPs and Leaders speaking their mind and trying to deflect the issue. The Danger is the vacuum that the political framework is creating. Everything can’t be fixed building walls even if Donald Trump and Ministry of Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery building them to secure themselves. The same metaphor should not happen between the current ruling party and coalition towards the ODM, WDM and FORD-K of the CORD. That will just make it more heated then needed in the coming months.
Just as this is happening certain voices has answered with this:
“Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has condemned the Monday teargassing incident by police on a group of CORD protesters who were calling for the removal of commissioners at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission” (…)“The past is never dead. The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” William Faulkner. “Faulkner’s quote is my very painful reflection that teargassing of peaceful demonstrations has not been our past since our independence!” said Mutunga on his Twitter account” (Ombati, 2016).
This is a just answer to what happen as the Police shouldn’t attack fellow citizens in this way. That is not the way of creating dialogue between the CORD and JAP. That just becomes to stale counterparts who creates an environment that makes it harder to reform and make changes in society as the CORD will be bluntly pushed away by the security forces and Police Force without any impunity. Then I came over this fellow. The Embu Senator Lenny Kivuti said this!
Also the other reaction the CORD demonstration yesterday:
“We are thankful to God the way Kenya has been peaceful. We do not wish the country to plunge into turmoil again,” said Mr Kivuti” (…)”Anyone who has evidence against any IEBC official who has done something wrong should come forward,” said Mr Kivuti” (…)”Those against IEBC (commissioners) should start their campaigns early,” he said” (Wanyoro, 2016).
You are right at some Point, but the ones creating violence and tension yesterday wasn’t the demonstrators, but the Police Force and their reactions to the demonstration itself. This is the chain-reaction from the ones shooting the tear-gas and demolishing the citizens who have reacted together with their political party; something that Mr. Kivuti should understand as a political figure himself.
Well, the issue I have is that the IEBC have acted in bad-faith and created a uncertainty of their connection towards the ruling regime and the coming election if they will be civil. Then the IEBC need to be a unit that is not connected to none else then the procedure. The IEBC should be independent and not be partial towards any government or the Executive.
That is the issue that the Opposition have since the lawfulness of the Electoral Commission of the IEBC seems to be embedded with the Jubilee. Since it seems like that and the way they obviously demolished the Constitutional Referendum also questions their level of independence as the rules now is tailor-made for the ruling elite and is not opening up to the opposition parties.
So the Hon. Raila Odinga (ODM), Hon. Moses Wentagula (FORD-K) and Hon. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka (WDM) the main trio of the CORD went into the cross-fire and melee. Because of the Anti-Riot Police under the regime put the tear-gas and the bullets towards fellow citizens without any questions. As they wanted to get answers for their muffling and hustling the reality coming to the opposition.
The Ruling Party and the Opposition need both to relax into the coming months even as the aspired campaigning will start. The worry is that the police of Nairobi have set the precedence and might even create more havoc for the opposition as the ruling party can do as they do without any questions. That with the sense of how the Police entered and made the situation more unclear at Kakamega around 2nd April 2016; where the Police even hurt fellow protesters and fellow supports of FORD-K and ODM supporters. This here is not now a single incidence at the once again the Police went all-in in Nairobi yesterday.
The IGP Boinnet need to think through if his loyalty is to the citizens of the Kenyan People or the President and his ruling regime. The same must the Nairobi Police Commander Koome need to think about. Where does their loyalty lay we may ask?
The other question after yesterday should be to reconcile the Opposition, the Police and the IEBC quickly and briefly if not then the hate-speeches and the termination of the resilience of the opposition will prosper in the vacuum created by this. That is not good for the ruling regime and their rhetoric. Especially, if them in the JAP speaks like the Senator Kivuti, who blames the Opposition for it, and not the ones who created the mess yesterday. Then you will have a stalemate and none will be able to counter each other in peace.
The peace that it will be will be shallow and the sudden impact might arrive later and nobody wants that. The need for dialogue and create an established level playing-ground. Not build walls, not throw tear-gas and not call each other out for non-sense need to be made. As the CORD only did what they knew, as much as the Jubilee live in arrogance and elitist place where the CORD wishes seems to be extra work and not earn extra on. Therefore the reforms from them are pointless as the ruling regime does not earn on listening to the opposition.
The Ruling Regime seems to be fixed in their own island and think they are untouchable out of reach and the ones that deserve to run the country without question. That is not a healthy position especially when the bodies that runs elections are questioned for their independence from the current regime. Not that the opposition is always right or always wrong. But when they can question the behaviour and the actions of the institution and then get tear-gassed for doing so; then there are something missing in the dialogue between the opposition and the government body. The Government is an overbuilding of all the citizens, even the ones that didn’t vote for the current government, the government represent the whole country even the voters and supports of the CORD; they do not only represent the JAP. That is important thing to put in mind and in spirit of the discussion and movement into the coming elections in 2017.
There are roads to take and hurdles to pass, but the way they are taken will show the true character of the ruling regime and the real ethical space of all actors in the political landscape in Kenya. The determined actions and rational deficiency of the speech and asks from opposition should be worry for the ruling regime. The vacuum and the impression of the stalemate is not creating the effect or the stable consensus that should be there. This not about Hon. Odinga, Hon. Wetangula or Hon. Musyoka and their parties alone, it’s about the image and maturity of the JAP and their president Kenyatta and Deputy Ruto.
The question is: If they will be gentlemen or conning rulers in either the spirit of Mwai Kibaki or the spirit of Daniel Arap Moi? How will the Jubilee want to be remembered and how will they lead into the elections as the legitimate leaders and might be after the elections. But if the elections are run by a questionable government body then the result of the ballot might be altered in favour of the rulers who secures the payment of salaries; instead of being independent of whom ever who runs and who might be running the government and appoint the government body. That is why we have to worry and question the actions that lead to tear-gas around the Anniversary Square and the outcome of yesterday’s Police Force in Nairobi towards the CORD demonstration. If we don’t then we let them get away without even a scratch for the tears and the agony while the ruling elite rides their Mercedes and appoint officials without questions is not a healthy political environment and not the kind of precedence that His Excellency Kenyatta would leave his name to and be remembered for. Peace.
Ombati, Cyrus – ‘Chief Justice Willy Mutunga condemns teargassing of CORD protesters (26.04.2016) Link: http://standardmedia.co.ke/article/2000199641/cj-mutunga-condemns-teargassing-of-cord-protesters
Wanyoro, Charles – ‘Cord protest against IEBC could spark unrest, Senator Lenny Kivuti warns’ (26.04.2016) link: http://www.nation.co.ke/counties/Senator-warns-Cord-protests-could-spark-unrest/-/1107872/3177060/-/14pl832/-/index.html
PRESS STATEMENT BY
H.E HASSAN ALI JOHO
FIRST GOVERNOR OF MOMBASA
ODM PARTY DEPUTY LEADER
I condemn in the strongest terms possible the act of police brutality in dispersing members of the CORD fraternity while legally picketing at the IEBC offices in Nairobi earlier this morning.
Under the new constitution Kenya has no place for such uncouth and barbaric acts as displayed by the Kenya police this morning reminiscent of the long gone Nyayo era.
Reforms for the IEBC are a must if we are to mend the democratic process in order to have a free and fair General Elections in 2017.
It is only fair if all interested parties build consensus on electoral issues to boost confidence and credibility of both the process and the system.
Well, there been rumored that orders from up-high that Standard Group Limited David Odongo got arrested and detained at Nyayo Embaksi Police Station in Nairobi over a story published in the Nairobian. He is now detained, but the orders from above is not yet approved or claimed by anybody, but if; I see it like this: The IGP Joseph Boinett must have gotten the ‘orders’ and used the local police chief to detain him; Sure that is the Nairobi Police Commander Japhet Koome have to follow the orders of Boinett, as Boinett followed orders from above.
My theory as the reason is that Interior Cabinet Secretary Hon. Joseph Nkaissery, who we’re in charge of detaining John Ngirachu of the Daily Nation, James Mbaka of the Daily Star and Alphonce Skiundu of the Standard Group Limited. That he got detained and questioned for writing about questionable use of government funds in December 2015. Certainly I believe he was in-charge and he is the one from ABOVE. I would not be surprised or shocked. But he has already a track-record for this kind of rash actions; so why not now?
Not that it is shocking that the David Ondongo the writer and Journalist who wrote this piece recently in the Nairobian: “Meet Kimani Rugendo, the billionaire businessman” that got published on the 9th April 2016. That was a puff piece on a business-man who has made business with bottle-water, drinks and some army contracts. So if that is worrying for the nation of Kenya, then what is?
He wrote this on his own facebook yesterday where he was critical about the Kenyan Government Spokesperson writing a Statement that was criticizing PBS for their “Kenya Corruption Documentary Series”. Where he was writing: “Eric Kiraithe, being a spokesman doesn’t mean you have to speak even when you have nothing to say. Are you mad? Do you live in Kenya? Get off your ivory tower and come back to reality. If I posted your number here so that Kenyans can call you every time a cop demands a bribe from them, you will run mad. Your phone won’t stop ringing. Do you know how much Kenyans are suffering? So now, Mr Kiraithe you want to blame the civil society for the mess, you and your fellow cops put us into? Stop taking Kenyans for fools. You must have worked hard to be in the position you are right now, stop cheapening yourself by making statements, that you, deep in your heart know isn’t true. Can you look at your children, straight in their eyes, and tell them the video by PBS is fiction? I also don’t like my country being portrayed negatively by foreign media, but the truth can’t be hidden. You have some good officers in the force, but majority are rotten to the core. #EndOfRant” (Odongo, 14.04.2016).
So do I believe that he was detained for a puff piece in the Nairobian on the 8th of April? No not really, because his own will and his own words on Social Media as a writer and journalist will be recognized just as the words of Charles Onyango-Obbo (COO) quotes on Twitter will create views and questions on Policy. The same reach does not David Ondongo have, but he still have his space and his followers. So I believe that, that statement on Social Media is more worthy of creating some fuzz, then the piece on the business-man who trades bottled water and also investing in Sterling Craft Kenya Limited that they are starting to make ‘Water Tanks’ not tanks for the Kenya Defense Force (KDF). So the puff-piece must be used for deflection for the statement on the Facebook yesterday. As the Government got the whiff of his ideas and attack on the Kenyan government, that should be the case; not the puff-piece. Peace.