NAIROBI, Kenya, May 27 – Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo has cancelled all political rallies and demonstrations in the country until further notice.
Kimaiyo said in a notice issued by Administration Police spokesperson Masoud Mwinyi that the order was prompted by the current security situation in the country.
“The National Police Service wishes to notify all the political parties and the general public that all political meetings and processions in the country have been cancelled until further notice as per the provisions of the Public Order Act, CAP 56,” he explained.
“This order is issued against the backdrop of various aspects of insecurity which we are addressing.”
Mwinyi explained that the order does not target any political outfit, but is part of Government efforts to ensure the country and the public remain safe.
The directive comes as the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy plans a grand welcome for CORD leader Raila Odinga, who is due back from the United States this weekend. READ: CORD: Our rallies are unstoppable, Mr Kimaiyo.
Mwinyi however insisted the ban was primarily because of security concerns.
“We are aware that in the recent past the country has been faced with incidents of insecurity where criminals and other elements of terror have caused death and injury to the public,” he pointed out.
“We have to prioritise the interests and the security of all Kenyans by calling off all political meetings and processions in the country to prevent and pre-empt any incidents which may be taken advantage of by criminals or proponents of terror.”
He also warned any member of the public from participating in any criminal or terrorist activities.
“They must understand that these activities have the effect of destroying our country’s progress economically and hurting innocent fellow Kenyans,” Mwinyi emphasised.
“In addition, I wish to state that we have also been experiencing incidents of false alerts of impending terrorist attacks and this has set panic and fear among the citizens.”
“I want to caution members of the public and bloggers to refrain from sending any information which is not truthful to avoid confusion and panic.”
CORD however vowed that the planned weekend rallies would go ahead.