Today marks the return of Azimio protests after a one-month hiatus following claims that the Kenya Kwanza coalition failed to commit to holding constructive bipartisan talks.
The protests are, however, set to be chaotic after police termed them as illegal and banned them arguing that they have been symptomatic of an unacceptable trend of criminal incidents including destruction of property, looting, injuries to officers, and even death.
On Sunday, the National Police Service denied Raila Odinga’s Azimio coalition permission to hold anti-government protests in Nairobi with Regional Police Commander Adamson Bungei saying that the protests were outlawed because they had not shown goodwill in previous demonstrations.
Bungei spoke a day after President William Ruto vowed to use all powers at his disposal to ensure that the planned Azimio protests do not deteriorate into chaos and violence.
Speaking during the Labor Day celebrations on Monday, the Head of State asked Azimio Coalition to avoid violence and destruction of property, urging the Raila-led team to embrace bipartisan talks in parliament.
However, Azimio insists that the criminal acts were conducted by criminals sent by state agents and that police had failed to provide security as required by law.
The coalition maintained that their past meetings had been peaceful and were only disrupted by police.
Should Azimio be allowed to continue with the protests without confrontation with the police? And do you think today’s demos will be peaceful unlike the previous three?
Meanwhile, here are the stories making headlines on Opera News today:
Police Mount Roadblocks Around State House
Police Monday night mounted roadblocks on roads around State House ahead of planned street protests in the city.
The officers at times inspected vehicles using the roads.
Photos: Gachagua Reports To Office Very Early Ahead Of Demos
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua on Tuesday Checked into his Harambee Annex Office Very Early in the morning ahead of the planned Anti-government Protests by the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party.
Taking to his official social media pages, the deputy president shared photos of Himself arriving at his offices very early in the morning, earlier than the Official time of reporting to work as per the government orders.
Mutunga Alleges Plan by Police to Tame Future Azimio’s Demos
As Azimio la Umoja one Kenya Coalition are expected to stage another wave of mass action demonstrations, former chief justice Dr Willy M Mutunga has revealed police officer’s plans to tame future demos.
As relayed by a report covered on Tuesday’s People Daily publication, Mutunga claimed that it was possible for police officers to plant goons in peaceful demonstrations with the aim of painting demos as violent.