Summary

  • Nairobi Police boss  has warned that politicians organizing illegal demonstrations will be held personally liable in the event of any injuries or destruction of property.
  • Police have not received notification of a public gathering or demonstration in the city, contrary to claims by some of the NASA leaders who are planning to hold rallies and demonstrations.
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Police say they have not received notification of a public gathering or demonstration in the city, contrary to claims by some of the NASA leaders who are planning to hold rallies and demonstrations. PHOTO: Tuko

NASA leaders have been urged to strictly adhere to the law in their planned demonstrations this week.

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Nairobi Police boss Japheth Koome says police have not received notification of a public gathering or demonstration in the city, contrary to claims by some of the NASA leaders who are planning to hold rallies and demonstrations.

“There are a lot of activities this coming week. We shall have the Supreme Court sitting then we are hearing that there will be demonstrations which are illegal,” said Koome even as supporters of the National Super Alliance planned to start gathering at Jacaranda Grounds in Nairobi, Sunday afternoon.

He warned that politicians organizing illegal demonstrations will be held personally liable in the event of any injuries or destruction of property.

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Several injuries were reported in past demonstrations by Opposition coalition NASA, including people ran over by vehicles during a standoff with police or while attempting to block roads in the capital, Nairobi.

“If 2,000 people come (to the city) and you have not notified the police, and people get injured, what happens?” Koome asked.
The Public Order Act Chapter 56 of the laws of Kenya prescribes organizers of public demonstrations and processions should notify the local police commander, “at least three days but not more than fourteen days before the proposed date of the public procession.”

The Act also requires that the notice should contain; full names and physical address of the organizer of the public meeting, proposed date of the procession, time, the location of the meeting or route of the procession.