The Government has not banned public rallies – CS Kindiki clarifies.
Speaking at Kaanwa Catholic Church, Chuka Igambang’ombe Constituency, Tharaka Nithi County for Thanksgiving and Sunday Mass, The interior cabinet secretary, outlined that the government has no problem with public rallies.
He further outlined that everyone in power or out of power, should respect the rule of law and adhere to the constitution 2010.
Kindiki stated,”All persons, including current and former political leaders and public office holders, have an obligation to follow the law. Retired office holders, including former Presidents, Governors, MPs or MCAs must allow their successors to execute their mandate and not resort to blackmail, sabotage, and other unorthodox means to derail them,”
“The Government respects and upholds the Constitution and all its provisions, including the freedom of association and assembly, the right to demonstrate, picket, and petition,” he added.
However, anyone who is planning to orchestrate any chaos, in the name of protests or a rally, will be dealt with accordingly.
Kindiki stated,”The Government has not banned public rallies and gatherings. The public order act clearly allows such rallies to be held between 6am and 6pm. However, anyone planning to cause chaos, sabotage the economy, and engage in lawlessness will be dealt with firmly and decisively, in accordance with the law.”
“Anyone planning to paralyse the economy, injure innocent citizens, loot private property, and vandalise public property on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or any other day, not just in Nairobi but across the 47 Counties in the country will be dealt with accordingly,” Kindiki added.