Nairobi Police boss Adamson Bungei has said the Azimio coalition planned demonstrations on Monday 20th are illegal because organizers didn’t inform the authorities on time as required by the Public Order act.
Speaking to the press on Sunday morning, the police boss said he had received two requests on Saturday from the Azimio coalition and Nairobi Traders Association for Monday demonstrations.
However, according to the Public Order Act 2012, any person intending to hold demonstrations or meetings must inform the authorities three days prior including details of the location, time and dates.
“Any person intending to convene a public meeting or a public procession shall notify the regulating officer of the full names and physical address of the organizer of the proposed public meeting or public procession,” the ACT reads in part.
“We are in receipt of two requests that came late yesterday and today in the m morning. One was from Azimio la Umoja One Kenya and another from the Nairobi business community. “The two groups intended to have peaceful demos. But for public safety none has been granted,” Bungei stated.
The police boss cautioned Kenyans that the State House is a restricted area and therefore out of bounds and would be heavily protected.
In response, the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition said their notice, signed by the Chairman of the Azimio Executive Council Wycliffe Oparanya, was issued on Friday, March 17, and not on Saturday, March 18, as stated by Bungei.