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Victims of police brutality in Mumias speak out – Interview (Youtube-Clip)

“The brutal search for missing arms in Mumias has been stopped. The order was made by the Mumias West area deputy county commissioner Philip Soi.  This comes after a public uproar on police brutality during an operation to search for 7 guns stolen by armed men last week.  Residents have accused police officers of using unnecessary force. Soi, stated that the police force will employ other alternatives in the search” (Kenya NTV , 2016)

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Police rubbish CORD’s brutality claims in Monday demos (Youtube-Clip)

Kenya National Police Service – Statement on the Events of Monay 16th May 2016

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My Letter to Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet on the recent Police Brutality in Nairobi

IGP Boinnet

16th May 2016, Oslo

Dear Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet of Kenya National Police Service.

I am writing you hours after the pre-election violence in Nairobi on the third Monday of demonstrations against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). The 16th May 2016 was a making the streets of Nairobi into a battlefield between the citizens who was demonstrating and the brutal Police Force who showed them no mercy.

The Coalition of Democratic Reform (CORD) put into action a third time and congestion of the streets around the Anniversary Tower and the IEBC Offices. As before the Nairobi Metropolitan Police Commander Japheth Koome secured the area and dispersed the public with tear-gas and water-cannons. Not only tear-gassing them, but the Police Officers beat them until them we’re bleeding and aggressively hurt.

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No matter, if the cause they are demonstrating is correct, the Police Officers should still let them demonstrate without fear and violence. The Police Officer’s hitting them with sticks and kicking them while they are lying on the ground. The Police Officers driving reckless into crowds with specially produced Anti-Riot cars imported from China, that are used now against own citizens. The Tear-Gas and the bullying the citizens is not vision of a transparent society, but of an oppressive government who wants to control its public, not be there to create security and make sure the criminals are taken down. Instead like yesterday the Police Officers had made up their mind and granted all people who showed as criminals.

What is worse is that the Police Officers are supposed to be there for the citizens and the public to make sure they are safe; instead they created violence and hurt the public. The Police did not serve the public; they served them harassment and caused havoc on the streets. They acted as vicious criminals instead of catching criminals, which is not how the Police Officers should act.

The actions of the Police were unjust, and the police should never act unjust, because the Police are supposed to be guardians and the watcher of society. Certainly the Police Officers should suffer the consequence. They should be internally displaced as cases of offensive and blatant disregard for the laws themselves. The Police Officers should be the ones that people look up to and the ones who one are supposed to trust your safety around.

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These Police Officers acted like they hated and wanted to get rid of their citizens who was demonstrating, not as Police Officers who wanted their Citizens safe and secure, not to honor the demonstrators and acted wild-on them. These actions yesterday should be questioned and their badges should be questioned, as they as Police Officers should not act like they are over the law, as they without the Uniform and Badge are citizens like the rest of us. They are Police Officers in their gear and their weapons. We citizens give the Violence Monopoly into the State, as an assurance of the safety of our society, we do not give that away so the Police can harass and hurt fellow brothers and sisters!

If the Police Officer hurt the fellow citizens, harm fellow citizens and other vicious damage of calm of fellow human beings. What happen yesterday is unjustified and a cycle of actions, the Police Force is acting worse and the Policing are out of hand. The madness and the tear-gas most have gone to the heads of the Police Officers, the seemingly violence against fellow citizens should be scrutinized and assessed, the men who kicked and beat the man in the street into pulp should be questioned in court, internally or transparent for the public display. Because the actions of yesterday were fierce and rotten, the Kenyan National Police Service will not have this as the last memory of their acts. Certainly with the monopoly of violence comes also the responsibility of holding the authority at bay. Instead the reckless unmerciful acts of Police that does not stand any of scrutiny.

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Even if Members of Parliament from Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP) says the acts of Police is correct, trust me they are not IGP Boinnet, as you would not like it to be your uncle, your nephew or any other family member to be beaten the way on the streets of Nairobi; it could have been some loved ones or someone close to you who passed by the Anniversary Tower on the that Monday Morning! There are words for violence, but this is not justice, this is not liberty or act of trust between the Police Force and the fellow citizens.

I do not write to you about the cause or the questions of the CORD leadership, but more in mercy of fellow citizens, human beings who deserves to address their political grievance’s without fear of their life or being beating to pulp on the streets. IGP Boinnet, you cannot have these actions tarnishing your name and your career as the ruling Police Officer who answer directly to the orders from upon high. You cannot watch all of this without questioning Police Commander Japheth Koome and the one under his command. There are too many violations that you should not let go. The honor of your position is on the line, as this will threaten the trust between the public and your role as supervisor of justice in the State of Kenya. If you don’t take care of it, and doesn’t act upon it, then you walk a thin line of trust between society and the Police Force.

You do not want to be remembered as the IGP who were silent and didn’t act when your own Police Officers violated fellow citizens and if you let the Police Officers get away then they will tarnish your name and be shredded tears on your Uniform that you accepted to carry. Peace.

Best Regards

The Writer of Minbane.

My letter to the Minister of Interior Affairs of Kenya Hon. Joseph Nkaissery on the planned closing of Daadab Refugee Camp

Nkaissey 2016

Dear Sir Honorable Joseph Nkaissery!

I write to you again, I know it’s been a month or so, but the actions have to be questioned and the liability of the actions you do Honourable Minister or Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Interior Affairs and Coordination of National Government. You have an ability of making decisions that area allowed to be questioned.

I am not writing to you because I am not defending terrorism, because I am not, the Garissa University attack, the Lamu Attack and Westgate attack in Nairobi was sad and unfortunate as innocent Kenyans died while Islamist, went in and killed without impunity; that has to be answered and those actions should not control the agenda of the country, but give way to the liberties and freedoms that the citizens are rights to have. While the Government finds ways of charging and hunting down the men who are behind these hideous crimes.

Dadaab Refugee Camp

But, the use of Terrorism to close down Daadab Refugee Camp seems a bit premature.

As this was even stated by academics on the matter in 2014:

“The speaker said that the Dadaab Camp is not an engine for radicalization; rather, it is an engine of moderation. Poverty and displacement do not automatically lead to radicalization. There is a growing need for more anthropological research on the topic. An entire generation has grown up in peace; it is not scarred by war” (…)”More political and economic analysis is needed on this issue. The Kenyans claim to be in charge but al Shabaab remains everywhere. The Kenyans do not have the level of control that they claim. A lot of the radicalism that is currently being seen in Mombasa is very local. Al-Shabaab is also present in Nairobi. Many al-Shabaab suspects are Kenyan nationals. Terrorism is a wider, urban East African problem” (Rawlence, 2014).

So if the man behind Open Society have claims two years ago that can counter your arguments now for closing, can you bring evidence can show that Rawlence is totally wrong, please honourable Sir?

Hon. Joseph Nkaissery I hate to do this as this is your set of laws and the ones that set the guidelines for your government until you get the National Assembly or Parliament to change it with a general vote.

Kenya Parliament

So for now the law of Kenyan Refugee Act of 2006 says this:

“18. No Person shall be refused entry into Kenya, expelled, extradited from Kenya or returned to any other country or to subject any similar measure if, as result of such refusal, expulsion, return or other measure, such person is compelled to return or remain in the country where –

  • The person may be subject to prosecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or public opinion;
  • The person’s life, physical integrity or liberty would be threatened on account of external aggression, occupation, foreign domination or events seriously disturbing public order in part of whole of that country”.

The law is clear and doesn’t seem that it is too important for you, if these laws is still applied then the closure still gives them rights as Refugees or as legal persons in the territory where you are the Cabinet Ministry Nkaissery. I know that shouldn’t be too much to ask that the Kenyan Government are following the laws of the land? Of does this not apply to the refugees and the ones that have left Somalia, Ethiopia or South Sudan because of oppression and aggression there?

In 2015 John Kerry and the United States pledged $40m directly to the Refugee Camps, so they must have had a say in the planned closure you had of the camps last year, with the new idea of trying to do it again.

John Kerry ABC

Here is his latest statement to you Hon. Nkaissery:

“We strongly urge the Government of Kenya to maintain its longstanding leadership role in protecting and sheltering victims of violence and trauma, consistent with its international obligations. We call on Kenya to uphold these international obligations and not forcibly repatriate refugees” (…)”We call on Kenya to continue its support for refugees and voluntary return efforts, and to continue to work with UNHCR and partner nations to find durable solutions that respect humanitarian standards and uphold international law. We also urge the Government of Kenya to honor its responsibilities, including the 2013 Tripartite Agreement on the voluntary repatriation of Somali refugees living in Kenya” (…)”We remain committed to working with Kenya to support voluntary returns that are safe, dignified and consistent with international law, as well as helping Kenya to address security concerns presented by al-Shabaab and other extremist groups” (Kerry, 2016).

So Honourable Minister CS. John Nkaissery, you have lots of responsibility and have to swallow lots of crap in your days in office, while Deputy President William Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta got to do the fun stuff and sign decrees and words into laws. You have to clean up behind the scenes and act upon the ideas these two men have. So I am sure the stress is coming to you and therefore is so seldom that the pundits and public see you charming smile.

John Nkaissery

We are not at the point that the Terrorism claim, I don’t feel you can validate that as a reason for the closure of the camp, unless you have evidence you send to me Hon. Nkaissery. I am an advisory, but until I am proven wrong, I will not change my mind. As you are playing your cards this way, is to try filtering the world away from assassination plot that we’re on Jacob Juma or is the something else you want the world to forget? The Pre-Election violence twice in Nairobi under Nairobi Metropolitan Police Commander Japhet Koome towards the Cord Demonstrations, is this right or am I wrong hon. Nkaissery?

But to get back to reality and not the conspiracies that might run as the Kenyan Government said they would close the Refugee Camps last year in 2015. When as I said United States Government pledged more money to run them and filter it through the United Nations programs.

Seems more like this is a way of scaring the international groups, multinational organizations and all to give direct funds to Kenyan Government instead of taking it direct to the Refugee Camp. If not I hope you get a Task Force that really looks into your allegations and also delivers the findings so they can be looked through and are more believable than the financials from Donald Trump.

There are questions that remains Hon. Nkaissery because the issues and the rights, even the laws that are still viable and official guidelines for the refugees and citizens in Kenya, make a brother like me question the rhetoric you have used and arguments. So please take care of the action you do. This here will be greater stain on the Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP), and you don’t want that as a Cabinet Secretary that creates tensions with the allies abroad that both gives your army funding and equipment together with direct budget aid. That would not be wise… Though I understand Hon. Nkaissery that you care about the refugees and their safety even if you close them; because for many of them have been living there for a long time and they could be by many means Kenyan citizens with Somali ethnicity for instance.

Kibera Golf

Would you clear the Kibera slum and the areas around as the Rawlence claimed that the terrorist and extremist was more likely in Urban areas, and Kibera is Urban and also uncontrolled in some ways. So why are you not focused on the development of Kibera that you have Dr. Evan Kidero, the loyal Governor can access the situation for you and find ways to monitor the extremist that might be trained there? Because, if a so-called expert Rawlence can be some people who becomes violent in urban areas, and that is not politely the Dadaab Refugee Camp. So it must be more political than actual be the reason for the closing as they either want to show character or independence over the Multi-National Organization and the International donors, as a sovereign state.

Hon. Nkaissery, we both know that Kenya is a Sovereign State and because of that have freedoms to do what they want on their territory, but they have international obligation. You and I know that Kenya has internal laws and also have to keep their international laws considering the rights of refugees. Still, you can act this way, but will you consider the implications and the ramifications of this. Even if the European states are considering and signing agreements to ship the Syrian Refugees from Greece, to Turkey; that does not send direct flight back to Palmyra, Syria, as much as you don’t want to be remembered for sending back Somali Refugees from Dadaaab Refugee Camp to hostels in Mogadishu, Somalia. Or will you?

Mogadishu 9th May

I am just worried for these innocent fleeing human beings who has fled their homeland for safety in Kenya, as much as I am worried for the Syrian who are fleeing to Greece and being transported to Turkey. I condemn that and would condemn if the Kenyan transport these men and woman to Mogadishu in the midst of fighting and continuation of AMISOM mission in Somalia.

I know I am nobody, but I had to address it and ask you why you want to, as I also question quickly the biggest argument for closing. As I don’t believe until there are serious report and evidence of the terrorism threat from Dadaab Refugee Camp, and why you don’t check more Kibera slums of Nairobi, but that would hurt your pride, right? Wouldn’t it Hon. Nkaissery, or am I wrong?

Peace. 

Best Regard

Write of Minbane.

Reference:

Rawlence, Ben – ‘Somali Refugees in Kenya: The Case of the Dadaab Camp’ (08.05.2014) link: https://www.chathamhouse.org/sites/files/chathamhouse/field/field_document/2014Somali%20Refugees%20in%20Kenya.pdf

Kerry, John – ‘On Kenya’s Announcement to End Hosting of Refugees’ (11.05.2016) link: http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2016/05/257113.htm

Footage that shows how the Kenyan Police dispersed Demonstrators from CORD-K at the Anniversary Towers in Nairobi against the IEBC!

Anniversary Tower of Nairobi have yet again filled with demonstrators while the Nairobi Metropolitan Police have dispersed it quickly; as the CORD Kenya demonstrated against the IEBC, yet again!

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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.

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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).

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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.”

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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.

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“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).

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“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).

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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.   

Nairobi 09.05.2016 Demonstration P8 Tear-gas

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.

The worrying signs of Police brutality in the coming elections in Kenya; as the Anniversary Tower and the siege of IEBC offices turns heads; My question to the JAP is: If they will be gentlemen or conning rulers, in either the spirit of Mwai Kibaki or the spirit of Daniel Arap Moi?

Odinga 25.04.2016

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.

Arap Moi Fronpage

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!

Senator Lenny

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.

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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.

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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?

IGP Boinnet

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.

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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.    

Reference:

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: Governor of Mombasa Hassan Ali Joho Condemns the Police Brutality earlier today in Nairobi (25.04.2016)

Odinga 25.04.2016

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.

The Price of being Opposition in East Africa; Tear Gas – Picture Mashup!

NRM JAP Tear Gas

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