Police to intensify security ahead of petition outcome

March 29, 2013 2:35 pm


Kimaiyo: We have reports of people arming themselves in some parts of the country. PHOTO/File.
Kimaiyo: We have reports of people arming themselves in some parts of the country. PHOTO/File.
NAIROBI, Kenya Mar 29 – Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo has assured that there will be maximum security across the country on Saturday when Supreme Court judges are expected to issue a presidential petition ruling.

Kimaiyo announced on Friday that no crowds will be allowed to congregate outside the Supreme Court where the historic ruling will be delivered.

“This should not be construed as denial of right to association, but a precaution to ensure criminal elements do not hijack such demonstrations to engage in lawlessness,” he said.

The Inspector General revealed that intelligence had shown that the planned demonstrations were being co-ordinated by non-governmental organizations.

Addressing a press conference held after a security meeting at his office, Kimaiyo announced that massive police deployments will be made in Nairobi and other major towns to curb any cases of insecurity.

“We are also aware of plans in some parts of the country, which includes Nairobi, Nakuru, Embu, Wajir, Eldoret, Kericho, Bomet, coast and Nyanza where supporters of one side or the other may attempt to carry out evictions of their perceived adversaries,” he cautioned.

The police boss said they have gathered evidence on some people who are distributing pangas, machetes and clubs in parts of Kibera, Mathare, Dandora, Kariobangi and some parts of the Coastal region.

The presidential petition ruling is expected on Saturday at a time to be announced by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga once the verdict is ready.

The highest court in the land is expected to rule over three petitions challenging the validity of the presidential results announced after the March 4 general election.

Apart from the petition filed by Cord’s presidential candidate Raila Odinga challenging the declaration of Jubilee’s candidate Uhuru Kenyatta as winner of the election, there is another filed by a civil society group, the African Centre for Open Governance (AFRICOG).

Also before the court is a petition filed by some members of Jubilee Coalition Presidential Candidate Uhuru Kenyatta’s campaign team, social media activists Dennis Itumbi and Moses Kuria and Flowrence Sergon, challenging the inclusion of spoilt ballots in the calculation of votes attained by each candidate.

The judges could order a fresh election or uphold the declaration of Kenyatta as the country’s fourth president once they analyse submissions and evidence submitted by parties in the petitions.


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