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NASA chiefs insist there will be no election without electoral reforms

By Rawlings Otieno and Moses Nyamori | Published Tue, October 17th 2017 at 00:00, Updated October 16th 2017 at 23:00 GMT +3
NASA leaders led by Homa Bay Women Rep Gladys Wanga, Siaya Senator James Orengo, former Machakos senator Johnstone Muthama, Suna East MP Junet Mohammed, Mathare MP Anthony Oluoch and other leaders during a press conference in Nairobi. {David Njaga, Standard}

NASA leaders are expected to take their 'no reforms, no elections' campaign to Meru County today.

Opposition leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang'ula said they would explain to locals why they should not participate in the repeat election.

They will also use the rally at Lare to urge their supporters to keep off polling stations if IEBC will not have effected the reforms.

Siaya senator James Orengo said today's rally will mark a series of events to sensitise voters across the country on the issues they want addressed before any election is held.

Orengo, who spoke at Okoa Kenya offices in Nairobi yesterday, said they had no plans to stop their demonstrations against the electoral commission.

“If President Kenyatta thinks he can intimidate us to abandon the protests, then he should wake up to the reality that these demos are not stopping any time soon, unless our demands are met,” said Orengo.

This came as several Opposition MPs claimed the police were out to harm them for leading the demos.

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ODM chairman John Mbadi (Suba), Samuel Atandi (Alego Usonga), Simba Arati (Dagoretti North) and Caleb Amisi (Saboti) said the police were after NASA legislators.

They also claimed acting Interior CS Fred Matiang’i had issued arrest orders against Mr Arati and Embakasi East Babu Owino over the ongoing protests.

Arati spent most of his time in Parliament yesterday to escape arrest with reports emerging that the police were looking for him.

The police officers were said to have followed MPs Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay) and Janet Ongera (Kisii) to their Kileleshwa residences recently. The officers were also accused of hurling teargas inside their cars.

Former Machakos Senator Johnston Muthama said: "If Uhuru wants to test the resilience of Kenyans, let him continue using force against unarmed demonstrators."

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