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Muthaiga protest: Nairobi traders seek police protection for Uhuru’s home demonstrations

Traders in Nairobi County have asked for permission to hold demonstrations on Wednesday, July 18, 2023, at the Muthaiga home of former President Uhuru Kenyatta.

In a letter addressed to the Officer Commanding Station (OCS) Muthaiga Police Station, the demonstrators said that they would hold the demonstrations to address an urgent concern that has been affecting their businesses.

This comes just hours after the security details which have been guarding the home of the former Head of State were withdrawn. Those who have been guarding the Muthaiga and Ichaweri homes were recalled.

“We write to formally notify you of a peaceful procession that will be held in Muthaiga on July 19, 2023. The purpose of this procession is to address an urgent concern that has been significantly affecting and our businesses and disrupting the livelihoods of the local community,” the letter signed by Mr Theuri Wanjiru the Nairobi County Traders chairperson, read in part.

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The letter asked the OCS to ensure that he provided the demonstrators with enough security as they were doing this as per the law in the Kenyan constitution.

Mr Wanjiru said that the demonstrators would compromise with concerned traders and community members who will proceed to Mama Ngina’s home.

“While the nature of our gathering is firm and resolute, we emphasize that it is intended to be peaceful and respectful,” the letter read.

It remains unclear whether the police granted the traders led by Mr Wanjiru permission to hold the demonstrations.

This comes when the opposition, through its leader Raila Odinga, has called for anti-government protests.

The demonstrations will take place in the next three days, from Wednesday, July 18, 2023, to Friday, July 20, 2023.

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Meanwhile, security officers at the home of Mama Ngina were on Tuesday, July 18, 2023, withdrawn as police granted permission to a group of business people to hold demonstrations at her Muthaiga Home.

Nairobi news has established that the security officers attached to the General Service Unit (GSU) and who have been guarding the home of the family of the first President of Kenya Mzee Jomo Kenyatta in Muthaiga and Ichaweri in Gatundu South, Kiambu County.

It is worth noting that Mama Ngina is also the mother of the immediate former Head of State Uhuru Kenyatta.

“The officers were asked to report to the nearest police station as they are assigned other assignments,” an officer privy to the matter said.

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