Nairobi Police Commander has announced the planned Azimio La Umoja protests set for are unlawful.
Speaking during a press conference on Sunday, the commander, Adamson Bungei, said that the coalition did not meet the threshold to receive a greenlight to hold the protests as their submissions are overdue.
Citing provisions given under Chapter 56 of the public order,2012, the commander noted that Azimi on ought to have submitted their request at least three days before.
“We received two requests from Azimio and Nairobi business community to hold protests tomorrow. One late in the evening and the other tis morning. Both did not meet the legal threshold and were thus declined and the same was communicated to them in writing,” said Bungei.
Section 5 of the act states that, ‘Any person intending to convene a public meeting or a public procession shall notify the regulating officer of such intent at least three days but not more than fourteen days before the proposed date of the pubic meeting or procession.”
The police boss however cautioned those who will participate in the protests against causing havoc and unrest, saying that anyone found breaching the law will be dealt with.
He urged the protestors to observe peace and calm while marching in the city as security officers will not be lenient in taking action against those who will not take heed of the advisory
Adamson also said that necessary security measures have been taken to protect businesses and the residents of the city.