Police officers on Friday dispersed a group of Kenyans that had gathered at Nairobi’s Jevanjee Gardens in a bid to demonstrate against against the win of President Museveni in the recently concluded elections.
Sources reveal that the group of demonstrators composed of both Kenyans and Ugandan citizens living in the country. They had planned to demonstrate from Jevanjee all the way to Riverside where the embassy of Uganda stands.
However, their arrangements were thwarted by the police who not only used teargas but also confiscated their placards prior to their protest.
According to them, their main motive was to register their displeasure with the just concluded Ugandan elections which they termed as “neither free nor fair.” They added that Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine from the National Unity Platform (NUP) won but his victory was snatched.
Despite the rigging allegations made by certain quarters including Bobi Wine himself, Museveni has maintained that he won and that the election was one of the most “cheating free” in the history of Uganda.
On their side, the authorities led by the Central Sub-county Deputy Police Commander Mbusa Awuor argued that the planned protest was illegal since they had not been notified in advance.
Those sentiments were however dismissed by Bob Njagi from Haki Africa who stated that they followed all the due procedures before resorting to demonstrating.
“We notified the regional police commander. We have even received a call from the Office of the President with inquiries on who we are and what we are doing. We don’t have a problem with the Kenyan government and have followed due procedures.” He said.
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In the meantime, the group through activist Anthony Muraya vowed to organize another demonstration in the course of next week so that Ugandans get the democratic change they have longed for.
“We will hold another demonstration next week. This time, we will go above and beyond what the police are asking for.” He said.
It is however not clear whether the police will allow these Kenyans to demonstrate against the neighboring nation.