Protests At Parliament Amid Removal Hearing Of ‘Cherera Four’

    Protesters marched to Parliament Buildings to oppose a move to remove four IEBC commissioners.

    The protesters gathered outside County Hall, where the National Assembly’s Justice and Legal Affairs Committee was meeting to hear submissions from IEBC vice chair Juliana Cherera.

    Cherera did not attend the hearing in person but was represented by lawyer Apollo Mboya.

    The protestors, led by Bunge la Mwananchi President Calvin Okoth Otieno, vowed to hold daily demonstrations in solidarity with Cherera and commissioners Irene Masit, Francis Wanderi, and Justus Nyang’aya.

    “Kenyans are with Cherera and the three others. Even if they throw tear gas or fire live bullets at us, we will not stop,” Otieno stated.

    Otieno also urged Nairobi residents to come out in force on Wednesday at Kamkunji Grounds for a rally in support of the four commissioners.

    Petitioners Republican Liberty Party, Dennis Nthumbi, Geoffrey Langat, and Gerry Gerry are seeking the removal of the four commissioners on grounds of constitutional violations, gross misconduct, and incompetence.

    The protestors have stated that they will also use the Kamjunji meeting to protest the rising cost of living and crime.

    “Unga is still up, fuel is unaffordable and we are living in constant fear of being attacked by criminals,” added Okoth.

    This comes after Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party leader Raila Odinga announced that he would be holding a number of rallies in his home districts to rally support for the four commissioners of the beleaguered electoral agency whose jobs are under threat.

    Raila and his team are to hold their first rallies this week, which he and his supporters have dubbed “consultative meetings,” in an effort to get the public’s opinion on the campaign by President William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza to expel the four commissioners.