The National Police Service (NPS) through a statement released on Tuesday, July 11 stated that the planned anti-government protests y Azimio coalition is illegal.
Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome noted that Azimio did not inform the police about their intention to hold mass protest.
Hence, the police outlawed the demonstrations citing infringements on the part of Azimio Coalition.
IG Koome stated that organizers of the protests did not present official communication about the protests to police stations in the affected areas.
PRESS STATEMENT ON THE INTENDED PUBLIC DEMONSTRATIONS ON WEDNESDAY JULY 12, 2023 pic.twitter.com/vtEr8XX98q
— National Police Service-Kenya (@NPSOfficial_KE) July 11, 2023
“Consequently, and in the interest of national security, the National Police Service wishes to inform the public that in the absence of notifications by planners of any demonstrations as a legal prerequisite to enable Police provide adequate security to demonstrators and the public, Police have no other option but to take necessary measures to disperse all illegal demonstrations,” he said.
The IG of police further noted that the state will not allow the protests, adding that they will use lawful measures to disperse any such unlawful gatherings.
IG Koome highlighted that his office remains dedicated to upholding the Constitution of Kenya, as well as the principles of the rule of law and respect for human rights.
The Police boss also applauded security agencies for their firm service to the country.
He assured them of government’s support in discharging their duties.
“We commend the selfless service of NPS officers to our nation and assure them of our unwavering support as they fulfill their duty to protect life and property impartially,” said Koome.