, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 22- Police have warned opposition supporters to avoid violence during Wednesday’s Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) rally in support of teachers.
Nairobi Police chief Japheth Koome says anyone found engaging in unruly behaviour during the Uhuru Park rally will face the law individually.
“We received a notification from the CORD about the rally at Uhuru Park tomorrow…we shall provide security but we have responsibility to ensure law and order is maintained,” he stated.
“We would not like people with criminal intentions to take over this meeting and start destroying property. We are not going to allow any destruction of property.”
Police have allowed CORD to hold the political rally aimed at rallying the government to pay teachers their salary increase.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has ruled out any pay increase for teachers, saying it will crush the country’s wage bill which currently stands at 51 percent.
“They must conduct themselves well. Nobody should hurt the other one otherwise we shall be there to ensure law and order is maintained,” he cautioned.
The planned rally is set to put more pressure on the Government to pay the teachers their awarded pay increment of 50 to 60 percent.
He urged members of the public, “to go about their business freely. We shall be there.”