BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,26TH AUG 2017-Security has been beefed up at the Supreme court and its environs a head of presidential petition pre-trial conference set to start at 7pm Saturday.UPESINEWS.CO.KE has since learned that police are not leaving anything to chance to ensure maximum security.To ensure this major roads leading to and from the supreme court have been closed and will remain so until Friday next week when the ruling on the petition challenging president Kenyatta win in August 8 election will be made. Roads affected includes Taifa Road ,parliament road and Wabera.
However showdown looms between police and National Super Alliance (Nasa) supporters who plan to hold a prayer meeting outside Supreme court before the start of the court’s session.Police have denied them permission to carry on with the meeting,even though they have vowed to continue with prayers as planned this could see police engage them in running battles.
According to Nairobi police boss Japhet Koome police rejected Nasa’s application to hold the prayers where the presidential election petition will be heard.
“Please note that I will not allow any person to disrupt the court proceedings, hence the request by Nasa is rejected,” Mr Koome said.
But in a statement to newsrooms on Saturday, ODM’s Executive Director Oduor Ong’wen said the party is appalled by Mr Koome’s decision and could not understand why he outlawed a prayer meeting.
Mr Ong’wen said they expected the police would provide security during the activity.
“We cannot allow dark forces to roll back democratic gains Kenyans have fought and won in the last 25 years.”We shall resist this creeping dictatorship. As a party and Nasa coalition, we shall be faithful to the law but defy illegal edicts,” Mr Ong’wen said.