Malala requests for police security to counter Azimio demos

Says about 20,000 'hustlers' will demonstrate to homes of Azimio principals.

In Summary
  • In a letter addressed to Inspector General Japhet Koome, Malala said they will lead protests to the homes of Azimio principals.
  • The hustler demonstrations are aimed at countering Monday's mass protests by the Opposition. 
UDA secretary general Cleophas Malala
UDA secretary general Cleophas Malala
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UDA secretary general Cleophas Malala has written to the police requesting for security for hustlers to counter the Azimio demonstrations on Monday.

In a letter dated March 17, Malala told Inspector General of police Japhet Koome that they will lead protests to the homes of Azimio principals. 

He listed the Karen, Kitusuru and Lower Kabete roads which lead to the homes of Azimio leader Raila Odinga, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Narc Kenya's Martha Karua and DAP-K party leader Eugene Wamalwa.

"We write to request security personnel in view of hustlers that will be demonstrating against divisive politics, destruction of property, and probable less of lives," the letter reads in part.

Malala said they are expecting at least 20,000 people for the picketing. 

"Your consideration of our request will be highly appreciated," Malala told Koome.

The hustler demonstrations are aimed at countering Monday's mass protests by the Opposition. 

Raila has called for the demos and termed them 'the mother of all protests' as he upscales pressure on President William Ruto and his Kenya Kwanza government which he says is illegitimate.

He wants the cost of living, electoral injustice and punitive taxes resolved.

Raila has also accused Ruto of creating "unnecessary and unconstitutional office to reward his cronies." 

He said Monday demos will start at KICC and will see them delivering their petitions to the President at State House should he not be at his Harambee House office.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua on Sunday warned the ODM leader against setting foot anywhere near the President's official residence or risk arrest.

"I have made arrangements as you know he likes shortcuts. I have put dragnets at State House, once he is spotted there he will be arrested," Gachagua said during a thanksgiving prayer meeting in Kapsabet.

On Friday, Malala threatened to lead demonstrations to Raila's Karen home  "because I have heard that he plans to lead demonstrations to State House."

Malala said Raila should not imagine that he has monopoly of numbers, and warned him that State House is a protected area.

Police on Sunday declared the mass action as unauthorised but Raila dismissed them saying the demos will go on unabated.

The Azimio leader dismissed as useless the announcement by police that they had banned the planned protests.

He said it's police duty to protect Kenyans during the protests since they will be exercising their constitutional right to picket.

"Huo ni upuzi. Police kazi yao ni kulinda wananchi. The duty of the police is to protect the people. Not to license protests. They are only served with the notice and that's what the Constitution says,” Raila said at ATG Deliverance Church in Ongata Rongai, Kajiado County.

Interior CS issued a statement saying the Police Service will play its mandate of providing security to Kenyans but fell short of declaring the mass action illegal.

He, however, said security agencies shall prevent unauthorised access to all protected areas.

“In so doing, security agencies shall respect Article 37 of the Constitution which guarantees the right of every person, peaceably and unarmed, to assemble, demonstrate, picket, and to present petitions to public authorities."

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