Planned Anti-Uhuru Kenyatta Demonstrations During His Swearing In: Statement from Organizers
We are releasing this Statement to correct distortions being created in the Kenyan media. Uhuru Kenyatta will, on Tuesday 9th April 2013, be sworn in as President of the Republic of Kenya. We belong to a Movement of Kenyans called “Reclaim Kenya” and who do not accept that Uhuru Kenyatta was validly elected President of the Republic Kenya. We believe that Uhuru was rigged by the IEBC in conjunction with NSIS and other collaborators to be imposed on the people of Kenya as President.
In order to protest against the second subsequent theft of elections in Kenya by enemies of the Kenyan people, Reclaim Kenya is planning peaceful demonstrations across Nairobi. The New Kenyan Constitution allows citizens to stage peaceful demonstrations while the Constitution also allows for peaceful Assemblies by the people of Kenya for whatever reason. In planning to exercise our rights as stipulated in the Constitution, our leaders had duly informed the police about our intentions as per the Constitution. The purpose of informing police was to enable them provide security during our protest actions.
Specifically, we had stated that we planned demonstrations at Undugu grounds in Kibera, Kamukunji, Dandora, Kariobangi, Baba Dogo, Mathare, Kangemi, Kawangware and City Stadium. Unfortunately, the Kenyan police has now exploited our humble request for security to criminalize our intentions and dubbed these venues as “hot spots” for riots. This is deplorable. Instead of assuring us of security, Nicholas Kamwende, the Chief of CID, has claimed in the Kenyan media that we intend to riot with an assortment of crude weapons in order to destroy property. While warning that his Office will deal with us ruthlessly, 52 of our members have been summoned by police to be questioned about plans for the protests.
We wish to protest the manner in which the Kenyan police is violating both our rights to peaceful Assembly and the Constitution of the Republic of Kenya. Any Kenyan is free to protest against any development he/she does not agree with. Now that the CID boss has come out in the open to threaten us, we are worried that our good intentions will be used by security forces to attack our planned demonstrations.
We appeal to all Kenyans in Nairobi who do not accept Uhuru Kenyatta as their elected President to come out on Tuesday and show their opposition to a President who will be sitting in Office illegally. We also appeal to all Human Rights Defenders, Non Governmental Organizations, lovers of freedom and defenders of the Constitution to support our right to demonstrate as stipulated in the Kenyan Constitution.
It will be a tragedy if these fundamental rights are denied citizens and at a critical time when an election has just been stolen with the conniving of several State institutions including the Supreme Court of Kenya. We appeal to all Kenyans who love their country not to remain passive when the country has been taken over by criminals who should be in prison and not State House.
We appeal to all Kenyans who agree that the election was stolen to begin a campaign to “reclaim our country” from thieves and murderers who are not only stealing elections but who are also violating the Constitution with impunity.
We demand that the Kenyan police, the CID, NSIS and other state organs of terror stop intimidating our members with illegal interrogations, arrests and threats. We refuse to be taken back to the days of election rigging, intimidation and installation of fear in the conscience of law abiding Kenyans. We appeal to the Commissioner of Police and the Chief of CID to stop violating the law because doing so is a recipe for anarchy and chaos. We hope that the security forces fully understand the consequences of disrupting our peaceful demonstrations and appeal to them to limit themselves to providing security.
Uhuru Kenyatta is not our President and we will not recognize him as Head of State because he is a beneficiary of a rigged election that does not reflect the will of the Kenyan people. We appeal to Kenyans who are convinced that elections have lost meaning in Kenya to join us in reclaiming our country from election thieves. We will not be intimidated and we are warning that any attempt to violate our rights to peaceful Assembly will be met with strong resistance.
Nairobi: 7th April 2013 in Nairobi