, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 16 – Nairobi County Commander Japheth Koome has warned opposition leaders against participating in Monday’s planned protest against IEBC officials, which he terms illegal.
He says crime has no status and those who infringe the law will be dealt with firmly.
“Even a leader can be a criminal. Crime has no social or economical status, “the police boss said.
He says all possible measures will be used to ensure law and order prevails.
The Police boss said they have intelligence that some protesters intend to come armed with stones.
“Let them try… they will face the music,” he warned.
In a change of tact, the cops unlike the previous times have been strategically positioned on all perceived exit routes, where protesters normally use to escape.
Anti riot officers armed with buttons, teargas and water cannons are present.
One of the protestor was carrying a placard written ‘dialogue’.
“Why should we use violent means to address our grievances,” the activist, who calls himself Kenya, posed.
According to Koome, police have orders to deal ruthlessly with protesters who “turn violent.”
Koome has condemned last week’s protest where a traffic officer was seriously injured, after he was attacked by goons.
Some journalists were also victims of the attacks, both from police and protesters.
CORD leaders led by Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka have vowed to continue with the protests every Monday, till the electoral body is disbanded.
The move has been condemned by a section of political leaders largely from the Jubilee coalition, who insist the law must be followed.
Deputy President William Ruto has said that the Government is ready for a dialogue, constitutionally, on the proposed electoral reforms ahead of 2017 General Election.