Mashujaa Day Celebrations Fail To Take Off In NASA Strongholds

  • Mashujaa Day celebrations in Nyanza, Coast and parts of Western failed to take place as planned, as the National Super Alliance (NASA) used the day as a memorial for those killed by police during protests against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

    In Migori County, organizers at Moi Stadium were forced to cancel the event after very few people turned up. Chiefs, their assistants and a handful of residents who turned up at the stadium left the venue after it became apparent that the function would not take place.

    In Mombasa, a low-key event held at Tononoka Grounds was presided over by County Commissioner Evans Achoki.

    All the six Members of Parliament, Women Representatives, Senator, Deputy Governor and Mombasa Governor did not attend.

    [caption caption="Governor Joho with former Premier Raila Odinga on their way to the memorial"][/caption]

    Governor Hassan Joho was present at a National Super Alliance (NASA) memorial service for the protestors in Bondo and later at a rally in Kisumu.

    He has declared that no election will take place in Mombasa on October 26th.

    Celebrations did not take place in Kisumu and Siaya counties. In some places, people did not turn up at all.

    Homa Bay County experienced a low-key event held at Oriang’ Manywanda Primary School in Rachuonyo North and was addressed by Deputy County Commissioner Pius Ondachi who called for a peaceful election.

    But Governor Cyprian Awiti was absent, attending the NASA rally in Kisumu.

    In Vihiga, residents largely stayed away from celebrations at Municipal Grounds in Mbale. Governor Wilbur Otichilo differed with County Commissioner Alex ole Nkoyo on how to deal with demonstrators.

    [caption caption="The NASA Rally in Kisumu"][/caption]

    Dr Ottichilo, his Deputy Dr Patrick Saisi, Deputy Speaker Nixon Butiya and Majority Leader Wycliffe Masini defended the right to protest.