Cord was on Sunday evening digging in for a battle with the police after it declared that its supporters would be back on the streets on today, Monday to push for the removal of the country’s electoral commission chiefs. Opposition leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula said they would, starting noon today, lead protests against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in Nairobi and around the country, despite a police statement warning that the demonstrations are illegal.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Joseph Boinnet, on Sunday said the demonstrations planned for today were illegal and those who will defy the order to stay away will be dealt with in full force of the law. He added that National Police Service was only aware of the court order that allowed Cord leaders to hold a rally at Uhuru Park on June 1, and not about the demonstration.
“Our responsibility is to enforce the law as it is. If they disobey the law and go to the streets, we the national police will do what we are required to do,” Mr Boinnet warned during a press conference at the Diani Police Station, Kwale County.
The stand-off between the two sides is expected to lead to running battles and possible disruption of business in the capital and in Kisumu, where Cord leaders have proposed that the demos be held twice a week. So far, three people have been killed after the demonstrations turned violent. Several others have also sustained injuries.