October 01, 2020

Matiang’i’s response to protests in NASA strongholds

Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i has denied reports that police officers killed protesters in parts of the country following announcement of presidential results on Friday night.

Matiang’i said security forces in parts of Nairobi, Migori and Kisumu thwarted attempts of looting after the declaration of Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto as the President-elect and Deputy-President elect respectively.

“Peaceful demonstrations and picketing are protected by the Constitution and our police always act according to the law. Anyone who wishes to hold a peaceful demonstration will be protected.

“Individuals or gangs that are looting shops, that want to endanger lives, breaking into people’s businesses; those are not demonstrators, they are criminals,” Matiang’i indicated on Saturday (12/8/17).

The Acting CS noted that the Government was keen on ensuring the life of every Kenyan was protected as the law requires.

“After he voted on Tuesday (8/8/17), the Deputy President-elect William Ruto spoke very strongly about inclusivity and oneness regardless of the outcome of the General Election. Our President-elect in his acceptance speech Friday night also spoke so eloquently and passionately about the fact that we are one nation, one people. We have been and so we shall continue to be,” he stressed.

He also promised residents in parts of the country where chaos erupted that security forces have, and will ensure normalcy is restored and peace prevails.

“I wish to remind the public that whereas we enjoy the right to hold demonstrations, this must be carried out peacefully and unarmed, without posing threat to life or property,” he assured.

Matiang’i urged those who feel dissatisfied with the outcome of Tuesday’s General Election to pursue avenues prescribed in law.

Matiang’i was flanked by Joe Mucheru (ICT), Inspector General of National Police Service Joseph Boinnet, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua and Principal Secretaries Karanja Kibicho (Interior) and Ambassador Monica Juma (Foreign Affairs) during the presser at Harambee House, Nairobi.

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