However, the opposition under the leadership of former Prime
Minister Raila Odinga, insists the protests are legal and are
being conducted under the constitutional rights of citizen
CORD’s lead counsel, senator James Orengo, argued
that the court order didn’t bar them from holding protests
against IEBC commissioners, as claimed by the police, but
restricted them from storming IEBC offices and forcefully
evicting the commissioners.
"There is no court order that prevents any Kenyan from
holding demonstrations, what the order prevents is storming IEBC
Orengo said their protests had so far adhered to the court
ruling and maintained peaceful.
Kenya’s opposition coalition initially suspended the weekly
demonstrations against the IEBC to allow for formal negotiations
with the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta on the terms of
creating a new electoral body to run general elections due in
IEBC chairman, Isaac Hassan, however insists that none of the
commissioners would be forced to resign from office on account
of the opposition push.
On Monday, there was a standoff between police and protesters
in Kibera as anti-riot police attempted to prevent them from
entering Nairobi’s central business district.
Police used teargas to disperse the protesters, though they
eventually managed to make their way into the city center.
The High Court on Monday allowed the opposition to continue
with their protests and assemblies in certain places and
directed the police to provide security.
CORD has vowed to defy police orders barring them from
holding anti-IEBC protests saying they would continue with the
protests until the commissioners leave office.
The police have been using teargas and high-powered water
cannon, in most cases violently dispersing demonstrators in
protests in the past weeks.
There has been criticism of police brutality as four
opposition supporters have been shot dead in protests in the
past weeks in Siaya and Kisumu in western Kenya and a policeman
was caught on camera beating a demonstrator with heavy batons
Protests in previous weeks resulted in looting and
destruction of property in some areas, a situation that forced
many businesses to close for fear of further violence.
Police outlaw opposition protests against Kenyan poll officials