The National Police Service has deployed dozens of police officers to man checkpoints on key roads leading to both State House Nairobi and Kisumu in a bid to counter anticipated demonstrations
Units from regular and administration police barricaded key roads in Nairobi and Mombasa as a 14-day ultimatum for mass protests led by opposition leader Raila Odinga comes to an end.
Azimio leader Raila Odinga had vowed to lead his supporters in protests if President William Ruto declines to suspend the impending recruitment of new members of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) following the alleged ringing of general elections.
In Nairobi, the entire section of State House Road beginning from Serena Hotel was under police surveillance.
The situation was replicated in Kisumu where police deployed on strategic roads despite there being no indication of President Ruto’s arrival in the lakeside city.
Along Kisumu’s State House Road, no vehicles were allowed. Motorists heading to Milimani Estate were forced to find alternative routes.
However, Kisumu remained calm with residents going on with their businesses as Some parents in Kisumu failed to take their children to school in fear of being caught up in the demos, which were widely expected to commence today.
Odinga’s supporters are today waiting for the final word from him regarding the planned protests.
By Dolphine Mige