Anti-Vat Activists in Nairobi Stopped by Police as Freedom of Assembly is Curtailed
Kenya Moving Towards a Police StateDear friends and Comrades, It’s amazing that the police in lorries converged at Tom Mboya to stop any procession against the escalating prices of basic food commodities. In the morning, Comrade Sakwa and I participated in Radio Show-Easy FM and QFM where majority of phone-ins were very furious when addressing VAT Act 2013.
While negotiating the freedom of our fellow activists, the senior Police Officer, named Mr. Oduma, confirmed that he has been informed by his seniors to stop any procession until further communication. It is high time we engage Civil Society and former Prime Minister to organize a parallel Rally at Uhuru Park during this year’s Mashujaa Day. Since Kenya is turning into a Police State, Civil Society must raise a Red Flag and assist the arrested with legal representation in civil proceeding against the officers who arrested and injured the protesters.
In the coming days, we will have “Hic” Mashujaa Day, time to inform President Kenyatta that Kenya is not a Police state neither are we his subjects. He must face the ICC like any individual and desist from pulling this nation towards failed states.
Time to remind him that out of 40 million plus Kenyans he was elected by a mere 6 million voters only so whatever actions and omissions on his part risks the lively-hoods of about 30 Million plus Kenyans. Time to organize Tom Mboya Reloaded before 20th October.
Pan Africa Fellow
National Coordinator Baraza La Taifa.