August 24, 2019

Kenyans in the US supporting NASA stage demos at UN headquarters in New York

Kenyans living in the US protest outside UN headquarters in New York. []

National Super Alliance supporters in the US staged a peaceful protest outside UN Headquarters in New York on Saturday.

They were pushing for reforms at the electoral commission, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

According to Nairobi News, they brandished placards with inscriptions “no reforms, no election” and “Chiloba must go”.

In the reforms, NASA is pushing for at the poll agency, includes the resignation of the CEO Ezra Chiloba together with 11 other staff at the commission.

NASA in a 12-point “irreducible minimums” wants ICT infrastructure at IEBC audited ahead of repeat polls slated for October 26.

The opposition also wants printing of Presidential ballot papers tender given to another company besides Dubai based printing firm All Ghurair.

The US protests by Kenyans in support of NASA comes against the backdrop of similar demos in the country.

On Monday [today] NASA supporters are expected to march in the streets of Nairobi to push for IEBC reforms and also changes to electoral law.

Jubilee Party introduced an amendment bill to the IEBC Act, Electoral Law and Election Offences Act last week.

Opposition Chief Raila Odinga termed the changes as “dictatorial” and meant to take the country back to the dark days.

He said NASA will continue protesting twice in a week; Monday and Friday until the changes are withdrawn and reforms at the IEBC are realized.

But Nairobi Business Community on Sunday came out and said they will counter NASA demonstrators who in past protests, have looted their shops and damaged their property.

By Pharis Kinyua. He’s an online Journalist and an author for Jamhuri News