Beware! Monday could be another day of street battles
Nairobi police boss Japheth Koome has sent out a strong warning to potential law breakers of tough action on Monday when the Supreme Court makes its ruling on the presidential election petition.
Speaking to the press on Sunday, Koome said adequate security will be put in place as a precautionary measure.
He however declined to give the actual numbers of police officers who will be deployed towards that end, only saying the service will not be taking chances for any eventualities that may arise after the ruling.
“We are not saying there will be any trouble after the ruling, but we have to take caution and plan just the way we did during and after the elections,” Koome told journalists.
The police boss further warned those planning to cause any disturbance that they will be firmly dealt with.
“We are going to secure businesses because it is the mandate of the government to secure people and their property. Whoever may want to take advantage of the situation will be dealt with in accordance with the law,” he said.
On Monday, the Supreme Court is set to give a ruling on the validity of the October 26 presidential election in which President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner.
The six-judge Supreme Court bench, led by Chief Justice David Maraga, will deliver its verdict, which will either return Kenyans to the polls or set the stage for the swearing in of President Kenyatta for a second term.
This follows the closure of the hearings on Thursday after two days of oral submissions during which petitioners, respondents and interested parties made submissions before the court.
The petitions were made by former Kilome Member of Parliament Harun Mwau, and activists Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalifa.
The three petitioners cited non-adherence to the Constitution as the ground upon which they sought the nullification of President Kenyatta’s win during the repeat polls on October 26.