Kenyans Hold a Peaceful Demonstration in Nairobi against Politicians
Kenyans today held a peaceful demonstration in Nairobi today June 28, 2012, protesting what they called “a culture of impunity” by the political class. Organized the under “Kenya Ni Kwetu” banner, the demonstrators were protesting greed by politicians, corruption and impunity, including the current attempt by MPs to pass self-serving amendments in the new Constitution.
The demonstrators started at Uhuru Park’s Freedom corner and then proceeded along Nariobi streets to Parliament buildings. The protestors wore shirts and waved placards displaying their various grievances against the politicians. They displayed messages such as: "Wanted, leaders who pay taxes", “Kenya ni Kwetu", “We want a peaceful ballot revolution”, “Wanted: competent leaders”, "Haki Iwe Ngao", among others.
At Parliament buildings the demonstrators left 49 mock coffins to the Parliament buildings, with the coffins meant to mark the “49 years of impunity in Kenya” since independent in 1963. "We have a present for MPs: 49 coffins for 49 years of impunity in this country," said Boniface Mwangi, a photographer and a key organizer of the demonstration. "We need young Kenyans to vote and know who they vote for," he added.
Kenyans living in the United States will be holding a similar protest this afternoon from 2:30pm to 5:30pm outside the Kenyan embassy in Washington, DC – 2249 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008 (READ MORE: Diaspora Mass Action Call: Kenya Ni Kwetu Campaign June 28th).