, NAIROBI, Kenya Jun 12 – Police on Sunday announced that the opposition coalition CORD will be accorded maximum security during the weekly protests calling for reforms at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said he has instructed regional police commanders to ensure security during the protests scheduled to take place on Monday and Thursday in Major towns—including Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru among others.
In a statement, Boinnet urged CORD to indicate the time they will start the demonstrations, the routes they will use and their intended destination for logistical purposes.
CORD has already notified police formally about their planned protests.
““In response, the service wishes to inform that owing to the current heightened alertness due to the risk of terror attacks, and in order to make rational use of available Police resources, we have advised the coalition to provide as soon as possible the time the demonstrations will commence and end,” the statement said in a statement.
Police now want CORD to ensure that the demonstrators do not engage in any form of violence or damage any property.
He stated that the marshals whom the coalition has indicated will be present to maintain order should also ensure that demonstrators do not harass road users.
“Any attacks against any police officer and/or government facility will be dealt with in accordance with the law. We wish to also reiterate that the police will deal firmly with breaches of any law perpetrated by any person immediately before, during as well as after the demonstrations in any town in accordance with the law,” he stressed.
Police have been previously accused of brutality during similar protests, leading to deaths and serious injuries-mainly in Kisumu and Nairobi.