Police to provide security during demonstrations
Saturday, March 18, 2023
By Philip Onyango
Police and other security officers will take individual responsibility should they shoot Kenyans who will turn up for the demonstration called by opposition leaders against the government, Alego / Usonga legislator, Samuel Atandi has said.
Atandi said that security officers who would be assigned duty during the picketing slated for Monday in Nairobi must guard against implementing unlawful orders against the citizens who would be exercising their democratic rights.
He was speaking Friday at Sidok primary school grounds in West Alego, Siaya county where he launched a Sh45 million constituency bursary fund.
The legislator said an incident where a police officer was hauled before court to face justice over alleged killing of suspected criminals in Eastleigh in Nairobi should be a wake-up call to the law enforcers that they would be on their own should they turn the weapons against innocent Kenyans.
“There is a police officer in Eastleigh who is facing prosecution for killing suspected criminals. He is taking personal responsibility,” said Atandi adding that Monday’s demonstrations called by Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Martha Karua among others will be peaceful.
Atandi said that no amount of persuasion would make Azimio la Umoja leaders to call off the demonstrations following the expiry of the ultimatum to President William Ruto to address issues raised, among them the high cost of living and the opening of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) server to ascertain the winner of last year’s presidential polls.
“There have been concerted efforts to push Raila to call off the demonstrations,” said the MP adding that the opposition leaders and their supporters were determined to make real their threats to hold peaceful demonstration.
During the launch of the bursary, the legislator said that a total of 6,072 secondary school students will benefit to the tune of Sh28.8 million.
The constituency bursary scheme will also spend Sh9.4 million on college and tertiary institutions’ students while those in special schools will receive scholarships worth Sh1.5 million.