After having his march to Parliament blocked by Police on Monday, October 12, LSK President Nelson Havi and his team held a meeting where tea, samosas and sausages were served.
It was tipped as the largest protest march to force the dissolution of Parliament following Chief Justice David Maraga’s advice to President Uhuru Kenyatta.
But the march did not occur as earlier declared, with a handful of LSK officials and others from the United Green Movement Party marching from the Supreme Court to the National Assembly where only four were allowed in, led by LSK President Nelson Havi.
As soon as they left the meeting where they said they met the Clerk Michael Sialai, photos of the session went viral, in which they were seen having tea.
“Today was a historical day,” Havi declared after the meeting, “
“The majority view of Kenyans is that Parliament has failed,” he said.
There was heavy security presence around Parliament, with anti-riot police, others on horse-back, who were prepared to disperse a huge gathering, due to the publicity the intended march received in the recent weeks.
“The clerk of the National Assembly has indicated to us they have forwarded this matter to court and for that reason, they will abide with the outcome of the court,” Havi told journalists after the meeting, but added, “I will be frank, I do not believe any word they have said.”
The LSK head had earlier written a letter to the police informing them of the planned march to Parliament to register their support for Chief Justice David Maraga’s recent order to have Parliament Dissolved.
Havi was accompanied by 20 other members of the society when they were stopped by police officers at the parliament gate.
Notably present was Jonathan Mueke, the United Green Movement Party deputy leader and lawyer Cliff Ombeta.
“We’ve asked the National Assembly clerk to prevail on Parliament leadership to uphold the rule of law. We also cautioned him that any business they shall conduct starting from today is illegal. Including appointments, vetting,” Mueke said.
The lawyers were also joined by a vocal human rights defender, Julius Kamau, who displayed a banner emblazoned “Africa has never been free. Let my people go.”
Havi had written to Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai, speakers and clerks of the Senate and National Assembly over the planned march.
“I refer to the advisory dated September 21, 2020, from the Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya to the President of the Republic of Kenya.
“Parliament stands dissolved by operation of law on October 12, 2020, should the President of the Republic of Kenya have failed to dissolve it as advised by the chief justice,” read the letter in part.
The event had been slated to take place at 2.30 pm.
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