IG Koome issues warning ahead of Azimio rally, responds to ICC letter.
Inspector general of police, IG Koome issues warning ahead of Azimio rally and further addresses the ICC letter.
While addressing the media, Japheth Koome highlighted that police will deal with anyone who will destroy property in the name of holding protests.
He stated that Azimio la umoja had followed the law, in their preparation to hold a rally at Kamukunji grounds, therefore, it is legal.
He however, warned that if Azimio tries to destroy or loot property as witnessed in the past demonstration, then the police will be quick to do their job.
He stated,”Azimio has stated that they will visit the Kamukunji grounds. They followed due process by writing to Shauri Moyo’s OCS, and we approved the meeting because, unlike in the past, they followed the law.”
“If Azimio attempts to destroy property or life in today’s event, I shall respond using the resources bought by taxpayers’ money. As IG I will not allow what is happening in Khartoum to happen in Kenya,” Koome added.
He further addressed the letter written to the hague, on him banning the right of protests. Koome expressed that no one will intimidate him yet he was acting along constitutional lines.
He stated,”I want to thank you for the letter. I will not be intimidated by the letter and I want to tell my officers not to be intimidated by the letter.”
“That letter is being incited by a certain politician. It started with Muthaura, he was taken there and now it is me. Why are they targeting Meru people? Let us stop this tribal matter,” Koome added.
He further maintained that the police vowed to protect the country from anyone who tries to cause destruction.
He stated,”We vowed to serve our country and we don’t have another country. The National Police Service shall go the extra mile to protect everyone’s life and property, whether mighty or lowly, including members of the 4th estate.”