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Police warn of plans to disrupt Uhuru's inauguration

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY STAR REPORTER
Acting National Police Service Commission spokesperson Masoud Mwinyi addressing the press in the IGs office. 26-03-2013.chrispinus wekesa
Acting National Police Service Commission spokesperson Masoud Mwinyi addressing the press in the IGs office. 26-03-2013.chrispinus wekesa

Forty-five people have been put under police surveillance for allegedly planning to disrupt tomorrow’s Presidential swearing-in ceremony. Four of those who have been profiled have been summoned to appear before Nairobi provincial CID today for interrogation.

Among those summoned include Jeckonia Onyango who is alleged to have hosted about 20 supporters of the Cord Coalition with the aim of staging demonstrations in the city. Onyango is alleged to have organized the meeting three days ago at his Mashimoni house in Kibera.

Others are Edward Ketta, Fredrick Ongondo and the fourth identified only as Mazira, a director at Haki Shape, a community based organization in Kibera.

Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo said elaborate security measures have been put in place to ensure the ceremony is not disrupted by criminal elements.

In a statement read on his behalf by police spokesman Masoud Mwinyi, Kimaiyo said the National Police Service had received reports about individuals recruiting youth to disrupt the ceremony which will be held at Kasarani.

He said police have mapped out areas they consider hot spots where illegal groups were planning to stage demonstrations and riots.

Among the areas police have identified include Kawangware, Kibera, Kangemi, Mathare, City Stadium, Kariobangi, Dandora and Korogocho. Kimaiyo said the organizers were planning demonstrations which would later turn into violent riots.

Thousands of people including international statesmen and dignitaries are expected at Kasarani for the swearing in of Presidential-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.