Lawyer Kathure: Kenyans have a right to protest

Kenyans demonstrate in Nairobi on Monday [Photo:Uzalendo News]

All Kenyans have the right under the constitution to protest against anything under the public order act. 

According to lawyer Kathure Muthuri from Article 19, the right also does not need permission from the authorities but only notification. 

Speaking to Pearl Radio on Tuesday, Kathure maintained that the police are to provide security to the protester, and bring to book any infiltration of law breakers.

He further insisted, that street protest should not be seen as a last action after not being heard by a perceived oppressor.

“It is not a lesser right in comparison to other ways of people expressing themselves,” said Kathure.

The comments by the lawyer come even as the Azimio leader Raila Odinga declared protests on Monday and Thursday starting next week until demands are met by the government. 

“Tumeanza vita. Kila jumatatu kutakuwa na mgomo. Kutakuwa na maandamano. Vita imeanza haitaisha mpaka wakenya wapate haki yao,” Raila said.

He also called on his supporters to boycott services by Safaricom, KCB Bank and the Star Newspaper, accusing them of being biased.

“We call for the boycott of Safaricom, Kenya Commercial Bank and Radio Africa Media particularly the Star Newspaper who have become the enablers and facilitators of this brutal regime. These corporates have become the enemies of the people and are benefiting from the blood and tears of Kenyans,” Odinga stated.

On a different note, the Opposition Chief maintained that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) server must be opened to allow an independent international audit.

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