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Be Warned! CS Kindiki Issues Strict Guidelines for Anti-Finance Bill Protests Tomorrow

Interior CS Kithure Kindiki announces raft of measures that applies to both police and protesters ahead of the demos tomorrow

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Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki has set out stringent rules for the anti-finance bill protests scheduled for tomorrow. Speaking during a press briefing on Monday, Kindiki underscored the necessity for all protestors to adhere to the prescribed guidelines, emphasising the importance of peaceful and orderly demonstrations.

Kindiki stated unequivocally that any form of vandalism or destruction of property, whether public or private, will not be tolerated.

“The protestors must remain peaceful and unarmed throughout the assembly and demonstration,” he asserted. He highlighted that while the Constitution protects the right to picket, this does not extend to damaging property.

CS Kindiki during a past media presser

CS Kindiki during a past media presser

To ensure public safety and national security, certain areas will be off-limits to protestors. These include critical infrastructures such as water supply, power facilities, and other essential social amenities. Additionally, protestors are prohibited from disrupting public activities and must not interfere with transport networks, including road, rail, sea, and air travel.

“The rule of law on public order must be obeyed by every person, regardless of the matter at hand,” Kindiki emphasised. He reiterated that all protestors are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not incite violence or riots, nor should they breach public order.

Furthermore, protestors must refrain from intimidating or harassing non-protestors and law enforcement officers. They are required to inform the police of their intent to protest, including the timing and routes, to facilitate adequate security measures and ensure orderly conduct.

CS Kindiki takes questions from journalists

CS Kindiki takes questions from journalists

“The protestors must also comply with any additional guidelines from law enforcement officers to protect them from non-protestors or infiltrators,” Kindiki added. He clarified that all protests should conclude by sunset or 6:30 pm, and demonstrators must not obstruct traffic, respecting the rights of other Kenyans.

CS Kindiki reassured that the government is committed to protecting the rights of all citizens, striking a balance between the right to protest and maintaining public order and safety.

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