October 23, 2017.
NASA STATEMENT ON RESUMPTION OF IEBC REFORM DEMONSTRATIONS
The National Super Alliance wishes to inform supporters that demonstrations for reforms in the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will resume tomorrow, Tuesday October 24, and proceed daily until all the necessary changes shall have been realized and free and fair elections held.
We are pleased by the many messages of goodwill we have received from a cross-section of Kenyans, including religious leaders, current and former politicians and organized civil society groups including trade unions, in support of electoral justice which must begin with reforms at the electoral body.
As NASA National Campaign Committee chairman and Co-Principal Musalia Mudavadi emphasized at our rally in Kiminini, Trans Nzoia on Sunday, our demand for free and fair elections is imperative to safeguarding Kenya’s democracy, long term stability and winning the people’s trust in our institutions.
NASA has repeatedly urged the IEBC to take the commonsensical step of calling off the sham elections it is planning to foist on Kenyans on Thursday despite the growing body of evidence showing the election to have a predetermined outcome. There is absolutely no rationale for IEBC to waste taxpayers’ money on an election that even the Commission itself has said won’t be free and fair nor credible.
We have notified our supporters through various team leaders of all points of convergence around the city before marching down town. We call upon all participants to refrain from any acts of violence or destruction of property.
Finally, we take this opportunity to thank all our supporters and leaders, who, knowing that the security machinery is trained against them, have still gone ahead to do their duty to our country to defend democracy and electoral justice and stand for what is right.
Our constitution grants us the right to protest, and we will continue doing so peacefully despite being met with violence and intimidation each time. As a people, we have overcome such tactics before. We shall overcome again.
SEN. JAMES ORENGO
OCTOBER 23, 2017.