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High Court lifts ban on Nasa's anti-IEBC demos in city centres

Nasa supporters participate in anti-IEBC demonstration in Nairobi on October 16, 2017. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NMG
Nasa supporters participate in anti-IEBC demonstration in Nairobi on October 16, 2017. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NMG 

The High Court has temporarily lifted government ban on anti-IEBC demos in the central business districts of Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.

The suspension follows a case filed by National Super Alliance Chief Executive Officer Norman Magaya.

The court on Tuesday said the suspension would be in effect until Mr Magaya’s case is heard and determined.

At the same time, Justice John Mativo blocked the arrest and prosecution of Mr Magaya over the demos until his case is determined.

Judge Mativo issued the temporary orders on Tuesday after Mr Magaya's lawyer appeared before him.

The Nasa CEO moved to court on Monday seeking to stop his arrest and the ban on protests against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

He sued Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet, Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko and acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i.

Last week, Dr Matiang'i said Mr Magaya would be held responsible for destruction of property during anti-IEBC protests.

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