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BY JOHN WERU,NAIROBI,25TH NOV 2017-Police have denied any Knowledge about the planned National Super Alliance NASA rally on Tuesday Next week. Nairobi police commander Japheth Koome says he is not aware of any other gathering to be held on Tuesday besides President Uhuru Kenyatta’s swearing-in.Addressing the press on Saturday Koome said that anyone planning to hold a gathering should notify the officer commanding the station (OCS) in that area.
“It’s clearly indicated in the Public Order Act Chapter 56 that if anybody intends to hold a public gathering, you must inform the local OCS,” he said.
“But up to this moment, nobody at all has notified any of my station commanders about any other meeting on Tuesday.
“We are not aware about it. We have not been notified. So, whoever thinks he has intentions to do that [and] he does not involve police, why don’t you tell that person that the law will deal with such a situation firmly?” Mr Koome added.
On Friday, Nasa leader Raila Odinga said the coalition will hold a memorial service at Jacaranda grounds in Embakasi, Nairobi, to pray with the families of those allegedly killed by police during demonstrations against the repeat presidential election.
Mr Koome, without mentioning any politician, said nobody is above the law.
“We have the responsibility to obey the laws of this country, whoever it is….You want to hold a public gathering, go before a station commander,” he said.
logistical arrangements during Swearing -in
On the preparations for the searing ceremony at Kasarani Stadium Koome said several roads in the city have been marked as “red zone” to ensure dignitaries who will attend the event are kept safe.
They include Mombasa Road, Museum Hill, Wangari Maathai Road and the Thika Superhighway up to Kasarani.
“What do I mean by saying it is a red zone? Maximum security. There, it will be serious business.
A number of diplomats including heads of states from across the globe have been invited to the event as well as Kenyans.The government has since declared Tuesday 28 a public holiday.