, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 15 – Nairobi Police Chief Japheth Koome has ruled out Thursday’s planned Kamukunji rally by the National Super Alliance ahead of the return of Opposition leader Raila Odinga from overseas.
Koome said if held, the rally is likely to disrupt ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations within surrounding schools.
This was after a request by Kenya National Examination Council chairperson Prof. George Magoha who cited concerns and appealed for more security within institutions along the routes the Opposition supporters were likely to use.
The politicians, led by Senator James Orengo had asked their supporters to head to the historic Kamukunji grounds, for a build-up rally ahead of Odinga’s arrival on Friday.
“Going by past history, where politically charged activities have, at times led to disruption of normal businesses within the city, I kindly request you to provide adequate security at all examination centres to ensure the examinations are not interfered with,” reads Magoha’s letter to Koome, which was also copied to the Inspector General of Police.
“Organisers of the grand welcome invite supporters to a major rally. The rally will be a dress rehearsal for the Friday grand welcome,” Senator Orengo had earlier said in a statement on Monday.
“This is part of our continuing journey of ensuring electoral justice and putting an end to the evil culture of sham elections with pre-determined outcomes. Together we shall triumph.”