Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and Nasa minority leader in Senate Moses Wetangula were on Thursday engaged in a bitter SMS exchange over ban on demonstration.
Hours after Dr Matiang’i banned the planned the anti-IEBC demonstrations, Mr Wetangula wrote him a text message to question his decision.
“And just as a matter of interest this afternoon, after I heard what Matiang’i said , I sent him this message,” said Mr Wetangula while addressing the press at Okoa Kenya.
The text message read: “Mr Matiang’i, why don’t you engage a lawyer to advise you on the constitutionality of your action, utterances and threat to innocent Kenyans. You have no power and capacity to ban lawful protest and or demonstrations.”
He went on: “You know what he replied? A single word, ‘Nonsense’, and I simply sent back an SMS to tell him, “That is exactly what you are, arrogant, distasteful and unfit to hold public office and that is exactly what he is.”
Dr Matiang’i announced a ban on protests in central business districts of Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu. Nasa have dismissed the ban saying the demos will escalate.