Police advise Raila that State House is off limits

Raila Odinga, the leader of the ODM, and his supporters have been cautioned by Nairobi police chief Adamson Bungei not to enter State House during their demonstration on Monday.

According to the law, no unauthorised individuals will be allowed access to any restricted areas, including the State House, said Bungei.

“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 unauthorised persons,” he said

Bungei now advises Kenyans not to let their personal goals lead them astray.

Whoever breaks the law on Monday will face the appropriate punishment, he said.

He claimed that because the demonstration did not adhere to the 2012 Public Order Act, it is still unlawful and not permitted.

“I want to tell Kenyans that tomorrow is business as usual, as National Police Service we shall perform our mandate as guided by the law,” he said. 

“Any person who will breach the peace or break the law during the procession shall be dealt with according to the law. The public order act of 2012 is very clear, if a protest is not within the framework of that order then it is illegal.”

He claimed that the Nairobi business community and Azimio la Umoja had both written to them to inform them that a demonstration would be held on Monday.

“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 protests on Monday are intended to put more pressure on the Kenya Kwanza government to deal with a number of issues, including lowering the expense of living.

Raila and his group also want the Ruto administration to reinstate food and fuel subsidies, remove punitive taxes, and make IEBC servers accessible to validate poll results.


Written by Brian Mayodi

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