Cause chaos at your peril, Kimaiyo warns politicians
NAIROBI, Kenya Jun 14 – Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo has warned organizers and leaders of political rallies that will be held responsible for any lawlessness that occurs during rallies.
In a statement read by his deputy Grace Kaindi on Saturday, Kimaiyu urged organisers of all political rallies no to engage in activities that amount to incitement, hate speech and name calling.
“Article 37 (of the Constitution) states that every person has the right peaceably and unarmed to assemble, to demonstrate, to picket and to present petitions to public authorities. However Article 24 is very clear on the limitations of the aforementioned rights and freedoms, which means that leaders must not engage in utterances that amount to incitement which might trigger violence,” he said.
He says organisers of all political rallies must inform the National Police Service of their intent to hold a rally in order to plan for provision of adequate security.
The directive comes as the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) is set to hold countrywide rallies to take place between June and July after the fall of the proposed dialogue with the Jubilee administration to discuss various issues affecting the nation.
The series of consultative rallies across the country is a build up to the Saba Saba day when the coalition will hold a main rally in Nairobi.
Kimaiyu also revealed that out of the 3,214 aliens vetted so far 496 have been deported, 1,050 taken back to refugee camps, 75 are awaiting deportation and 65 are still pending investigations.
“I want to urge our leaders and the public to continue supporting this undertaking fully as they equally have a responsibility of making Kenya secure. I want to acknowledge the many Kenyans and other law abiding citizens who have provided us with valuable information in the war against crime,” he said.