How the police plan to control anti-government protests
The government is deploying various units of security forces to prevent supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga from accessing Nairobi’s Central Business District during planned protests on Monday, March 20.
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has indicated that enough security will be deployed in several sections of the CBD, with key roads being sealed off to avoid potential violence.
Police sources suggest that a number of elite squads, including the General Service Police Unit, will be deployed to contain possible outbreaks of violence.
Over 500 police officers are expected to be deployed in the security operation aimed at maintaining law and order during the protest.
The government is using intelligence reports to map out areas where there may be trouble, with security around State Lodges such as Kisumu already beefed up in readiness for the protests.
Meanwhile, Raila Odinga has urged his supporters to carry a white handkerchief as a sign of peace during the demonstrations.
However, the security services have reportedly received intelligence warning of a possible outbreak of violence during the protests, with some politicians said to be bankrolling youth to paralyse operations in the capital.
The move has caused concern among the business community, which fears the safety of its establishments during the protests.
Police boss Adamson Bungei has pledged to make details of the security plan for the protests public before Monday.
However, the Nairobi County Security and Intelligence Committee has been holding meetings under the auspices of the National Police Service to plan how to counter violence.
Reports suggest the city security team has received intelligence that hired goons are likely to take advantage of the protest to loot businesses and rob innocent people.
National Assembly Majority Leader Kimani Ichungw’a has said that the government has details of Raila’s Wednesday night meeting with ODM members, with allegations that opposition officials planned to cause chaos in the capital.