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Protesting with Purpose: A Guide for Gen Z
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Laws Governing Public Demonstrations and Assemblies

Story Time:

Unakumbuka ile time wasee walienda kuandamana juu ya matatu fares kupanda?

Kenya in 60 seconds 30th June 2023: Matatu operators to hike fares as  finance bill takes effect. - YouTube

Source of Image: Viusasa

Wengi waliingia barabara bila kujua sheria inasema nini kuhusu maandamano.

Sasa, ni muhimu tujue sheria za maandamano na mikusanyiko ya umma ili tusije tukajifanye mafala na tukapatikana na noma.

Katika Kenya, kuna sheria zinazogovern public demonstrations na assemblies.

Kaa rada, hizi laws ziko hapo kuhakikisha maandamano yanabaki peaceful na heshima inabaki.

Hii ni muhimu ili maandamano yetu yawe na impact bila kuvuruga amani.

Sheria Muhimu:

  1. Public Order Act (Cap 56): Hii Act inasema lazima upeleke notice kwa OCS ya area yako kabla ya kufanya maandamano. Notice inafaa kupelekwa atleast 3 days kabla ya event. Hii inasaidia polisi wajipange na ku-provide security.

  2. Penal Code (Cap 63): Hii Code inadefine offences kama unlawful assembly na riot. Kaa ukipatikana unaandamana bila permit au ukiwa unaleta vurugu, unaweza shikwa na hii Code.

  3. The Police Act: Inaeleza powers za polisi wakati wa maandamano. Polisi wanaruhusiwa kutumia force lakini lazima iwe reasonable na lazima wahakikishe haki za waandamanaji zinalindwa.

Permitted and Prohibited Actions During Protests

Permitted Actions:

  • Peaceful Assembly: Una right ya kukusanyika na kuandamana peacefully. Ni haki yako kuonyesha dissatisfaction na serikali ama hali fulani.
  • Presenting Petitions: Unaweza kuandamana hadi kwa offices za public authorities na ku-present grievances zako.
  • Freedom of Expression: Unaweza kuongea na kusema mawazo yako bila hofu, mradi tu usivunje sheria za defamation na hate speech.

Prohibited Actions:

  • Unlawful Assembly: Kukusanyika bila permit ni kinyume na sheria. Kumbuka, lazima upeleke notice kwa OCS.
  • Violence and Vandalism: Kuvunja mali, kuchoma tyres, ama kupigana ni kinyume na sheria. Hii inaweza kugeuza peaceful protest yako kuwa riot.
  • Hate Speech and Incitement: Kuchochea watu kuleta vurugu au kutumia lugha ya chuki ni kinyume na sheria.

Kaa Rada:

  • Jua haki zako na mipaka yake. Ukiwa na permit, maandamano yako yakiwa peaceful, uko safe.
  • Usijifanye dwanzi ukileta vurugu. Peaceful protest ina attract support, vurugu inaharibu kila kitu.
  • Kenya ni yako pia. Tumia haki yako ya kuandamana responsibly na kwa heshima.

Real Talk:

Sasa, ukijipata unataka kuandamana juu ya oppression ama overtaxation, jua sheria na mipaka yake.

Ukiwa informed, unaweza kuandamana bila hofu na kwa amani.

Hii inasaidia message yako ifike vizuri bila sanse na kuvuruga amani.

N/B: Kaa rada na uache kuwa dwanzi.

Tumia haki yako vizuri na kwa heshima.

Kenya ni yetu, na ni haki yetu kuongea.

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