Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition has written to police notifying them of their intention to hold protests in Nairobi every Monday and Thursday beginning March 27th.
In a notice delivered to Nairobi Regional Police Commander Adamson Bungei, the opposition coalition said the procession will take place in all major streets making up the Nairobi central business district from dawn to dusk.
“We, therefore, request your office to deploy enough police officers to guarantee security to attendees and exercise crowd control,” reads the notice.
The letter was delivered to Bungei at Nairobi Regional Police Headquarters by Azimio leaders Eugene Wamalwa, Jeremiah Kioni, Wycliffe Oparanya and Roots Party leader George Wajackoyah.
Oparanya stated that the letter was not an application for permission to hold mass action as none is required under Article 37 of the Constitution, which guarantees the right to assemble, demonstrate, picket and present petitions to public authorities.
He further said the coalition will only allow uniformed police officers to carry weapons during the protests and that plainclothes officers carrying weapons will be treated as thugs and hired goons, and will be “subjected to civilian arrests as permitted by law.”
“This is a notification to enable the police to provide adequate security to the demonstrators. By this notice; kindly provide adequate security,” he noted.
On Monday, Azimio leader Raila Odinga announced that anti-government protests will be held every Monday and Thursday from next week until President Ruto’s administration addresses their demands.
Odinga further urged his supporters to boycott the products and services of a number of companies, which he described as enablers and facilitators of the brutal and illegitimate Kenya Kwanza regime.
“…We call for the boycott of Safaricom, Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) and the Radio Africa Group particularity the Star Newspaper who have become enablers and facilitators of this brutal regime. These corporates have become the enemies of the people and are benefiting from the blood and tears of Kenyans,” he said.