Police officers in Nyamira County dispersed crowds that were waiting for Deputy President William Ruto at Kebirigo High School.
The DP was scheduled to arrive at the area after a cabinet meeting in Nairobi.
The officers entered the school compound and told a band playing music to stop before ordering them out stating that there was no function that would take place at the venue.
Ruto Lashed Out on Twitter
Taking to Twitter, Ruto lashed out at police, accusing them of disrupting peaceful meetings.
After consultations with MPs Kemosi, Mose,Nyamoko, the bodaboda sacco and church leadership who had invited us, we have postponed the two functions in Nyamira County to Thursday next week.The disruptive dispersal by police of kenyans engaged in economic empowerment is unnecessary
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) October 8, 2020
William Ruto’s Advance Team
Earlier in the day, the DP’s advance team had already arrived at the venue in preparation of Ruto’s visit.
The National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC) on Wednesday told conveners of public gatherings to notify police three days in advance.
It means ward police chiefs have been given the authority to allow or deny conveners of such gatherings permission to hold the events.
“A convener, or any person intending to hold a meeting shall notify the officer at a commanding station three days before the procession,” Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua said.
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