Nasa Now Notifies The Police of Jacaranda Meeting Tomorrow
National Super Alliance (Nasa) yesterday officially notified the police of its intended meeting at Jacaranda Grounds in Embakasi for a memorial service of 25 of its supporters who died in violent confrontations with the police.
On Saturday, Nairobi County Police Commander Japheth Koome denied knowledge of any gathering beside President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto’s swearing-in at the Kasarani stadium.
However, Nasa, through advocates Sifuna and Associates yesterday released a letter they wrote to OCPD Mathew Mang’ira on Saturday notifying them of the meeting.
“Our clients shall hold a Memorial on Tuesday at Jacaranda Grounds within Nairobi County for the 25 innocent Kenyans who met their untimely deaths at the hands of police and regime-sponsored killer gangs in the past few weeks,” reads the notification.
It further states; “You are hereby notified of the same and requested to provide security during the said memorial to ensure the safety of all those who will attend and the public
Nasa is concerned about the conduct of police officers who they are accusing of “turning on peaceful protesters instead of protecting them”. “We shall hold you and your officers personally responsible for any harm that shall come to any of our supporters or attendees during the memorial,” Nasa said in the letter also copied to Koome.
The coalition argues that all Kenyans have inalienable right to worship in mosques, churches, temples, shrines and open spaces, meaning therefore that the Tuesday event which coincides with Uhuru’s swearing-in ceremony is a mere prayer meeting.
“Japheth Koome has no powers under the Constitution to approve or reject notifications for public gatherings. Opposition says the rally will be in solidarity with families of supporters killed in recent protests Police can only advise on security challenges and discuss with organizers how to deal with any such challenges,”
Nasa further says.Koome on Saturday said anyone planning to hold a gathering should notify the officer commanding the station (OCS) in that area.“It’s indicated in the Public Order Act Chapter 56 that if anybody intends to hold a public gathering, you must inform the local OCS,” he said.
On Friday, Nasa leader Raila Odinga said the coalition would hold a memorial service at Jacaranda grounds in Embakasi, Nairobi, to pray with the families of those allegedly killed by police during demonstrations against the repeat presidential election.
Originally posted on The People Daily