Opposition leaders in Kenya have announced they would resume their weekly protests to express dissatisfaction with the country’s electoral body. Kenyan police however denied them permission to hold the demonstration scheduled for June 6.
CORD to resume weekly anti-IEBC protests on Monday after Jubilee rules out talks; notifies police of planned march pic.twitter.com/Sd3m2K0kG3— Richard Bosire (@richybosire) June 3, 2016
A spokesman at the office of the inspector general said that the notification by the opposition could not be honoured on account of valid orders issued by the high court.
The police further noted that if the opposition goes against the orders, they will deal with them as required by the law.
Police tell CORD MONDAY protests banned. Day of fury beckons. pic.twitter.com/3leV3T2MBx— James Smart (@jamessmat) June 3, 2016
CORD leaders have called on their supporters to hold peaceful demonstrations at the IEBC headquarters seeking the ouster of the commissioners.
The opposition leaders say that it is their constitutional right to demonstrate.
Last month, three people were killed in demonstration in the Western part of the country. During a requiem mass for those killed in the clashes, the opposition accused police of using excessive force against innocent Kenyans.
The Coalition accuse IEBC of rigging the last elections in which the presidential results were contested at the country’s highest court.
The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) has been adamant that they will not participate in the country’s 2017 elections.