Security heightened  around supreme  court a head of presidential petition pre-trial conference

Security heightened around supreme court a head of presidential petition pre-trial conference

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.


Nasa leaders address a press briefing at Okoa Kenya offices in Nairobi on August 25, 2017. The coalition has organized a prayer meeting-COURTESY.

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.


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