Police teargas Saba Saba Protestors in Nairobi

Protestors marching along Nairobi streets on July 7, 2020./COURTESY

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,7TH JULY,2020-Police in Nairobi on Tuesday morning teargased the Sabasaba protestors who were holding a procession in the city.During the protest   Kibra activist Editar Achieng was  arrested .

She was among protestors taking part in the demonstration dubbed ‘Saba Saba March for Our Lives’

It will be recalled that Editar vied for the Kibra parliamentary seat during the by-election in 2019 following the death of MP Ken Okoth. The seat was won by his brother Imran Okoth under the ODM party ticket.

Protestors from Kayole and Mathare on Tuesday, July 7, encountered teargas as they were marching towards the Nairobi city centre in commemoration of the 30th Saba Saba Day protests.

Protestors marching along Nairobi streets on July 7, 2020./COURTESY

Several civil society groups, as well as veteran members of the Saba Saba movement and activists, had planned a demonstration dubbed ‘Saba Saba March for Our Lives’ along Harambee Avenue in the capital.

Police, however, repulsed the group before they could access the city, opting to disperse them with teargas.

Kibra activist Editar Ochieng’ being arrested on Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The protest as announced by, among others, activist Boniface Mwangi was aimed at pushing for the full implementation of the Kenya 2010 Constitution.

“On Tuesday, peaceful citizens will take part in Saba Saba March for Our Lives. You must ensure the National Police Service respect article 37 of the constitution, the right, to assemble, to demonstrate, to picket, and to present petitions to public authorities,” Mwangi stated in a statement addressed to the Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai.

The group argued that the gains by the Saba Saba movement would be lost if the Kenya 2010 Constitution was not implemented in its entirety.

30 years since the first Saba Saba protests that initiated the process of changing the constitution to make Kenya a multi-party state.

 

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