Kenya Police bans “mother of all protests” called by opposition member Raila Odinga this Monday

March 16, 2023, Kenya, Nakuru: Former Kenyan presidential candidate Raila Odinga is seen playing the Kenyan National Anthem at her anti-government rally at the Mazembe Grounds. Photograph: Images via James Wakibia/SOPA ZUMA Press Wire/dpa – James Wakibia/Stick Pictures Via Zu / dpa

Odinga ensures that all permits are in order, while the Home Office guarantees the right to assemble as long as there is no disturbance.


After declaring last year’s election rigged, the Kenyan National Police has outlawed a massive protest against the government this Sunday by opposition leader Raila Odinga, which resulted in the victory of her current rival, her major political rival. the country’s president, William Ruto.

Odinga announced last week that Monday’s march in Nairobi, whose route was not disclosed less than 24 hours after the rally, “mother of all protests” and the culmination of recent demonstrations, but details are expected in the next few hours.

Sources close to Odinga hint that the march could pass through the Kenyan capital’s financial centre, which could force dozens of businesses and shops to close in the face of possible unrest.

Thus, Adamson Bungei, the commander of the Nairobi National Police, said this Sunday that the search for tomorrow “violating the requirements of the Public Order Act” because, according to a statement compiled by ‘The Nation’ newspaper, the organizers in this case, Odinga, did not inform the march’s particular route the required three days in advance.

The opposition leader assured the police that their complaints had no basis, as Azimio la Umoja, head of the opposition coalition he led, Wycliffe Oparanya reported the demonstrations to Bungei at the time. “The job of the police is to protect people, not to issue licenses to demonstrate.”assured during a rally in Nairobi this Sunday. “Tomorrow is holiday. whoever wants to come”added.

Shortly after the police statement, the Kenyan Ministry of the Interior called for restraint on its Twitter account. “The Government reiterates its commitment to respect, protect and promote all fundamental rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.” and therefore, “Security agencies must respect article 37 of the Constitution, which guarantees the right of everyone to assemble peacefully and unarmed, demonstrate, strike and petition public authorities.”.

However, in light of what Odinga said, the Government understands that Monday is a working day, so life in the capital will develop normally, and warns: “No one may infringe on the rights and freedoms of others by threatening, anarchy, violence, destroying property or hindering the activities of others in order to exercise their rights and freedoms.”under threat of arrest.

That’s why Police announced a strong deployment that will restrict access to various corporate venues in the country, including the state’s Parliament, where the show could end.

The protests came after the end of the ultimatum that Odinga gave to the country’s president, William Ruto, to present election servers data during last year’s August elections.

The elections were decided by the country’s Supreme Court, with an opinion unanimously supported by the seven judges who made up the court, but Odinga categorically rejected the decision and for months accused Ruto of wasting no time as well. rising prices and “tax all kenyans”.

Source: Noti Merica

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