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High Court declines to stop anti-IEBC protests in city centre

The High Court in Nairobi on Monday declined from stopping the planned weekly protests by Opposition leaders and their supporters in the city centre.

Justice Joseph Onguto said the right to protest is protected by the constitution.

He however ordered the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet to ensure law and order is maintained during the demonstrations.

He said Cord leaders and their supporters can hold the demonstrations after issuing notifications as required under the Public Order Act.

The  judge made the ruling in an application filed by Jubilee MPs Ferdinand Waititu, Moses Kuria, Alice Ng’ang’a and Kimani Ichungwa.

Justice Onguto said he will give directions on June 13 on the application in which the Jubilee MPs wanted Cord Principals held for contempt following destruction of property and hooliganism experienced during their demonstrations.

Moments after the ruling, Cord politicians held a press conference where they said demonstrations in Nairobi will go on as planned.

Senators James Orengo and Johnston Muthama while addressing a press conference at Cord offices in Nairobi said the demonstrations will be peaceful.

Police had on Sunday warned that they would use lethal force to quell the demonstrations if need be.

Nairobi County commander Japheth Koome said stern action would be taken against those who plan to take part in the demonstrations.