Kindiki assures Kenyans of security ahead of protests

Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki. [Edward Kiplimo,Standard]

Interior and National Administration Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki has assured Kenyans of security even as Azimio takes to the streets to protest against the high cost of living.

 Prof Kindiki said that those who wish to express their political rights should do so within the law and without violating the rights of others.

 "Those who doubt the Government resolve to prevent further loss of life, injury, destruction of private and public property, and degeneration of the country into anarchy have a date with law enforcement agencies tomorrow, Thursday, Friday or any other day," he said.

 The Interior CS said that on Wednesday last week, many parts of Nairobi and other parts of the country witnessed violence, lawlessness and destruction of property by persons purporting to exercise their constitutional right to demonstrate and picket.

 "The country almost degenerated into total chaos perpetrated by criminal elements hiding under the guise of the Article 37 right to assemble, demonstrate, picket and petition public authorities," he said.

 Kindiki said national security agencies have deployed all the available resources to ensure that scenes witnessed on Wednesday do not happen again.

 "There have been media and public reports that the same organizers and architects of last week’s violence, which resulted in death and injury of innocent Kenyans, massive plunder of private property, arson on Government buildings and disruption of businesses, plan to yet again unleash terror and fresh violence on Kenyans tomorrow, Thursday and Friday," he said.

 "They have also threatened to turn the wave of violence into a weekly and perhaps a daily affair. Intelligence reports confirm these media and public reports as accurate and verifiable," he added.

 He warned protesters against plans to unleash violence on Kenyans.