The National Super Alliance (Nasa) has called off planned protests scheduled to be held in Nairobi today. The indefinite postponement came hours after the Resistance Movement had written to Nairobi County commander Japheth Koome saying its procession would be peaceful.

Through Edwin Sifuna and Associates Advocates, NASA had said Friday’s protests would be part of the movement’s “quest for electoral justice and an end to electoral impunity in Kenya”.

“You are hereby notified of the same and requested to provide security during the said procession/ demonstration to ensure criminal elements do not take advantage to harm protesters, the public or any property,” reads part of the letter.

But in a statement released by Siaya Senator James Orengo, Nasa told its supporters that the protests had been called off due to the ongoing debate in various county assemblies seeking the establishment of a people’s assembly.

“This is to enable the coalition’s leaders and supporters concentrate on and support the initiative that is intended to have the people exercise their sovereignty directly and chart their future through a people’s assembly,” Mr Orengo said in the statement.

He said a new date for the peaceful protests would be announced in due course.