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Kenya Police ban Nairobi’s parallel rallies on security grounds

Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo

Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo

Police banned political gatherings in Kenya’s capital Nairobi and announced they had information that criminal elements targeted to cause distrurbance.

Nairobi County Security Committee at the same time ruled out licensing any parallel public gathering apart from the Madaraka Day celebrations during the coming weekend. Ther move is expected to draw ire from the Opposition which has bee4n drumming up rallies ahead of Cord leader Raila Odinga’s return from a two month sojourn in the US.

The Nairobi County Commissioner Njoroge Ndirangu who chaired a crisis security committee said the decision was arrived at following an assessment of the prevailing security situation in the capital.

He argued that the County was not in position to host major public gatherings in the city because most of the security officers were deployed elsewhere while others were lined up for march and parades during the weekend.

In a statement after a closed door with security chiefs at his Nyayo house offices, Ndirangu said the county wants to focus on a safe secure and successful madaraka day celebrations marking their achievements over the years.

“The county security committee has undertaken an assessment of the security situation and wishes to advise that the prevailing security situation will not allow for holding of any public rally this weekend” he said.

He urged those seeking to hold parallel gatherings during the period to avoid creating situations where criminal elements take advantage to disrupt business and peace in the county.

Ndirangu advises the public to join fellow Kenyans celebrating the auspicious annual occasion.

The cancellation comes after the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) released a schedule of events including road shows to mark the return of their principal captain Raila Odinga who has been out of the country for the last two months.

-The Standard

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