Raila’s Azimio officially notifies police in Nairobi of plans to ‘storm State House’
Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya Coalition has officially police in Nairobi of their planned protests in the capital city next week.
Leaders of the opposition coalition presented their notice to Nairobi Central Police Station Officer Commanding Station (OCS) Mr Moses Mutayi on Thursday evening.
The coalition which is led by Raila Odinga earlier in the week announced that it will be holding protests every Monday and Thursday beginning next week.
In a letter signed by former Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya, the coalition notified the police of their planned peaceful meetings and processions.
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“The Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition notifies your office of scheduled peaceful public meetings/procession on March 27, 2023 and Thursday March 30, 2023 in Nairobi City County. In the course of the said meetings we intend to submit a written petition to the Presidency at State House in Nairobi,” the notice reads in part.
Mr Oparanya further said the meetings are scheduled to take place in all the streets which fall under the jurisdiction of Mr Mutayi and they will happen as from dawn to dusk. This means that the demonstrations will take place as from 6am in the morning to 6pm in the evening.
He also said they are not asking for permission to hold the demonstrations, pointing out that the matter is covered under Article 37 of the Kenyan constitution.
“We therefore request your office to deploy enough police officers to guarantee security to attendees and exercise crowd control,” the coalition said in the notice.
Earlier on, Azimio la Umoja presented a letter to the office of Nairobi County police boss Adamson Bungei asking that they are provided with enough security during their planned protests.
However, Mr Bungei turned them away and informed them that they should hand over such letters to OCSs in various police stations where they were planning to hold the demonstrations.
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