The High Court in Nairobi has dismissed an application by Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu seeking to block protests against Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
Kenya Standard reports that while delivering the ruling on Monday morning, Judge Joseph Onguto said that CORD has the right to challenge the EC and ordered the police to provide security.
He asserted that the demonstrations have always been peaceful.
The judge ordered the Inspector General of Police to ensure law an order is maintained during #CORDdemos but declined to stop the protests.
Opposition leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula said they would lead protests against the IEBC in Nairobi and around the country.
Daily Nation reports that Inspector-General of Police, Joseph Boinnet said the demonstrations were illegal and those who will defy the order to stay away will be dealt with in full force of the law.
Cord chiefs and their supporters risk the wrath of a newly equipped police service, which has warned that the demos go against a court order barring any form of protests in the city.
Muthama vowed to defy police warnings and asked Cord supporters to come out in large numbers and support their initiative to express displeasure with the IEBC.
ODM chairman John Mbadi said the party was contemplating whipping its members, moreso, MCAs and MPs who have always shunned Cord’s weekly anti-IEBC demonstrations.
He told party elected officials that they were under obligation to toe the line by joining the push for electoral reforms or face dire consequences in the next ODM party primaries.
The Suba MP told ODM supporters to reject the rebels during the next primaries.
Nairobi County commander Japheth Koome said stern action would be taken against those who plan to take part in Monday’s’ demonstrations.
Koome said an unprecedented number of officers will be deployed following credible intelligence that some people had planned to deliver grenades in Kibera to be used in Monday’s demonstrations.
Koome confirmed having received the notification from the Cord leaders but maintained that they would not allow any demonstrations.
In Kisumu, huge bonfires were set up in Kondele and Kibuye estates, in an attempt to keep off anti-riot police.
In the Migori protests, roads were blocked with boulders and burning tyres in effect interruption traffic.
The main bridge linking Kenya and Tanzania was also blocked by burning makeshift kiosks.
Businesses along Oginga Odinga Street were closed due to fear of looting by the demonstrators.