Police deny permission for protests over late notification, declare tomorrow’s protests illegal

Nairobi regional commander Adamson Bungei has said that two requests for protests by Azimio la Umoja and Nairobi Businessmen Community have been denied for not meeting the legal requirements.

Azimio la Umoja, a political alliance headed by Raila Odinga, has planned to hold a demonstration on Monday to demand electoral reforms ahead of the 2027 elections among other issues including the return of subsidies. However, Bungei said that they did not notify the police three days before as required by the Public Order Act.

“We are in receipt of requests. One that came last evening and one today morning. One from Azimio la Umoja and one from Businessmen Nairobi community. However, both do not meet the thresholds of the law and their requests were therefore denied,” Bungei said.

“The Public Order Act Section 5 states any person intending to holding a protest must notify the police three days prior but not more than 14 days,” he added.

According to Bungei, Azimio submitted their request on Saturday at 10 pm while the Nairobi Business Community submitted theirs on Sunday at 8 am.

Bungei also said that State House, where Azimio la Umoja intended to march to, is an unauthorized area and no one is allowed there whether peacefully or not.

“State house has been mentioned as an area of concern. Under laws of Kenya, it is an unauthorized area. Kenyans must be guided by the law, not persons of interest. You are not allowed in certain areas, whether peacefully or not,” he said.

He warned that any person planning to breach the peace will be dealt with decisively according to the law adding that tomorrow will be business as usual and no roads will be closed.

He said that any other person who meets the threshold of the Public Order Act is allowed to protest peacefully and unarmed as guaranteed by Article 37 of the Constitution. He said that the police are guided by the Constitution to protect life and preserve peace.

“We wish to assure all Kenyans and persons of goodwill within the City of Nairobi that we have taken appropriate security measures to ensure public safety and freedom of movement at all levels. However, we hereby caution that any person that will breach the peace or break the law during the procession shall be dealt with decisively according to the law,” he said.

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