Kisumu Governor announces rebellion against government after Court fails to delay poll

Kisumu County, an opposition stronghold has become the ‘battleground’ as protesters and police have engaged in running battles which has sometimes turned bloody.

Kisumu Governor, Prof. Anyang Nyong‘o has said people would be justified in rebellion if a presidential election goes ahead on Thursday, given concerns over preparations for the vote.

“If the government subverts the sovereign will of the people ... then people are entitled to rebel against this government,” Anyang Nyong‘o told reporters on Wednesday.

Immediately Chief Justice David Maraga announced that the Supreme Court would not hear a petition seeking to postpone the elections  because of lack of quorum protests erupted in Kisumu and parts of former Nyanza province.

Since the August 8 Presidential Elections was annulled the county has come under heavy police presence.

Nyong’o ‘s sentiments  came in the wake of the Ministry of Security and Interior Coordination announcing it had mobilised over 1,200 police officers to be deployed in Nairobi and Kisumu ahead of Thursday’s repeat elections.

“Anybody who will be found on the wrong side, disturbing those people who want to exercise their democratic right will be dealt with in accordance with the law. We need to be fair in this case,” Acting Interior CS Dr Fred Matiang’I said.

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