Kenya: Nairobi Police Chief Says Planned Azimio Protests Illegal, Cites Order Act

Nairobi — Nairobi police chief Adamson Bungei has termed planned Azimio protests in the capital illegal citing failure by opposition leaders to adhere to provisions of the Public Order Act.

Addressing the media on Sunday, Bungei insisted the protests slated for Monday contravene the Public Order Act, 2021 and pose a threat to peace.

Bungei said they had received requests from two groups (Nairobi business community and the Azimio party) intending to hold protests on the same day and decided to grant none the permit to protest.

“We are in receipt of two requests that came late yesterday and today in the m morning. One was from Azimio la Umoja One Kenya and another from the Nairobi business community, the two groups intended to have peaceful demos. But for public safety none has been granted,” he said.

“The Public Orders Act, 2012 provides that any person intending to convene any meeting or a public procession shall notify the regulating officer of such intent at least three days but not more than fourteen days before the proposed date of the public meeting,” he said.

Bungei said the two groups did not meet the threshold to be allowed to carry on with planned protests and warned of dire consequences should any of the formations break the law.

Threat to peace

“Any person who will participate in the planned demonstrations is notified to do so peacefully as guided by the constitution of Kenya,” he said.

“However, anyone who breach the peace or break the law during the procession shall be dealt with according to the law.”

Bungei assured Kenyans that their security and that of their properties is guaranteed.

“We wish to assure Kenyans within the city of Nairobi that we have taken appropriate security measures to ensure public safety and freedom of movement at all levels,” he added.

Bungei affirmed that State House remains out of bounds for any picketers.

He said State House is a restricted area protected in law and nobody will be allowed whether peaceful or not to access it.

“I want to underline some areas such as State House where we have heard people planning to invade or visit is covered by the laws of Kenya that it is a restricted area for unauthorized persons,” he said.

Odinga demands

Odinga who has refused to acknowledge William Ruto’s presidency despite a Supreme Court determination of an election petition he filed has been piling pressure on the Head of State to suspend the ongoing recruitment of new IEBC commissioners.

He has insisted that four commissioners who rejected Ruto’s win were unfairly targeted and forced to resign.

The faction led by then Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Vice Chairperson Juliana Cherera colluded with Azimio in an attempt to “moderate” election results to have Odinga declared President, according to evidence presented to a tribunal.

Cherera resigned alongside commissioners Justus Nyang’aya and Francis Wanderi. A tribunal constituted to probe the conduct of the four recommended Commissioner Irene Masit’s dismissal.

IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati on the other hand retired alongside commissioners Yakub Guliye and Boya Molu after completing their 6-year terms.


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