Police say CORD protestors plan chaos at Anniversary Towers

May 9, 2016 11:37 am
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Koome says the disgruntled Opposition leaders have the right to protest, but peacefully/JOSEPH MURAYA
Koome says the disgruntled Opposition leaders have the right to protest, but peacefully/JOSEPH MURAYA

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 9 – Police now say they have intelligence reports that a section of Opposition supporters intend to carry lethal weapons during Monday’s protest at Anniversary Towers against IEBC officials.

Nairobi Police Chief Japheth Koome says those supporters will be treated as criminals.

Overview
  • Only a handful of supporters had arrived outside Anniversary Towers on by mid Monday morning, as anti-riot police and water canon were deployed to stem any chaos.
  • "We will not be scared... IEBC must go," they chanted. Others called for the removal of IEBC Chairperson Issack Hassan.
  • "We will get you out of the office," the supporters were heard saying.

“We will not allow a few people to cause violence in the city,” he cautioned.

Koome says the disgruntled Opposition leaders have the right to protest, but peacefully.

Only a handful of supporters had arrived outside Anniversary Towers by mid-Monday morning, as anti-riot police and water canon were deployed to stem any chaos.

“We will not be scared… IEBC must go,” they chanted. Others called for the removal of IEBC Chairperson Issack Hassan.

“We will get you out of the office,” the supporters were heard saying.

The previous protest turned chaotic after a section of supporters started hurling stones at police officers.

CORD leaders led by Raila Odinga were caught up in the melee and had to flee after police lobbed teargas to disperse them.

The Opposition leaders insist the electoral body must be disbanded while the government has been urging them to use the structured procedures as per the Constitution.

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