• ODM Party leader Raila Odinga unlawfully declared Monday, March 20, 2023, a 'public holiday' to allow Kenyans to participate in planned demonstrations.
• But Bungei now says Kenyans should not allow personal interests to mislead them.
Nairobi police boss Adamson Bungei has warned ODM leader Raila Odinga and his supporters against invading State House in their Monday protest.
Bungei said all restricted areas according to the law, including the State House, will not be accessed by unauthorised persons.
"I want to underline some areas such as State House where we have heard people planning to invade or visit is covered by the laws of Kenya that it is a restricted area for unauthorised persons," he said
ODM Party leader Raila Odinga unlawfully declared Monday, March 20, 2023, a 'public holiday' to allow Kenyans to participate in planned demonstrations.
But Bungei now says Kenyans should not allow personal interests to mislead them.
He said whoever will break the law on Monday will be dealt with accordingly.
He said the protest remains illegal and not allowed as it failed to meet the public order Act of 2012.
"I want to tell Kenyans that tomorrow is business as usual, as National Police Service we shall perform our mandate as guided by the law," he said.
"Any person who will breach the peace or break the law during the procession shall be dealt with according to the law. The public order act of 2012 is very clear, if a protest is not within the framework of that order then it is illegal."
He said both Azimio la Umoja and Nairobi business community had written to them about their intention to hold a protest on Monday.
"We are in receipt of two requests that came late yesterday and today in the m morning. One was from Azimio la Umoja One Kenya and another from the Nairobi business community. The two groups intended to have peaceful demos. But for public safety none has been granted," he said.
Monday's protests are aimed at mounting pressure on the Kenya Kwanza government to address various concerns including lowering the cost of living.
Azimio is also pushing for an all-inclusive selection process for new IEBC commissioners having rejected the process applied to select the selection panel as one-sided.
Other grievances raised by the Raila-led outfit included accusations against President William Ruto for "creating unconstitutional and unnecessary offices to reward cronies.
Raila and his team also want the Ruto regime to remove punitive taxes, open IEBC servers to confirm election results and re-introduce food and fuel subsidies.