7 April 2013

Kenya: Police Thwart Plot to Rain On Uhuru's Parade

Nairobi — The Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo has alerted the public over plans to disrupt president-elect Uhuru Kenyatta's swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday.

Kimaiyo said on Sunday that the National Police Service is aware of elements who are recruiting youths with promises that they will be given money to cause chaos by disrupting the historic ceremony.

Kimaiyo has identified 18 areas in which the targetted youth operate and that are likely to be the hotbeds of the planned disruptions. They are:

Kamkunji grounds, Undugu Social grounds and Kibera in Langata District; Kawangware stage 54 and 56 in Dagoretti District; Kangemi in Westlands District; Mathare no. 10 and its environs in Starehe District; Kamkunji roundabout in Kamkunji District; City Stadium in Makadara District; Outering, Kangundo Road Junction and City Cabanas in Embakasi District; Stage 28 in Korogocho, Kariobangi, Baba Ndogo and Ngomongo in Kasarani District and finally Dandora phase 2 and 4 in Njiru District.

In a statement read by Acting Administration Police Spokesman Masood Munyi on Sunday, Kimaiyo said four individuals have been summoned to the Nairobi area Criminal Investigations office on suspicion of being behind the planned disruption.

"The following persons are summoned to report to the PCIO Nairobi area for further investigations: Edward Cromwell Onyango Ketta, Fredrick Odhiambo Ongondo, Jeckonia Junga Onyango and one Mazira who is the Deputy Director of the Kibera Community Based Organisation Haki Shape."

Jeckonia Junga Onyango is accused of hosting a meeting in his house in the Mashimoni area of Kibera where together with 20 other Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) supporters they planned to barricade roads, destroy property and cause injury to attract the attention of the international community during Tuesday's swearing-in ceremony.

"Demonstrators will be armed with all manner of crude weapons and while on the rampage, burn properties, loot businesses and attack their perceived enemies and opponents," the statement by Kimaiyo reads.

Munyi was however categorical that the police were not targetting members of a particular tribe saying the four are on a list of 45 suspected of being behind the planned violent demonstrations and whom the police are also looking into.

"These people are not from one community. Remember we said the meeting was held in one Jekonia's place but we have mentioned a number of areas which are not frequented by members of one community only," he said.

Munyi added that the police have asked Governor Evans Kidero and Senator Gideon Mbuvi among others to encourage the youth to remain peaceful during the swearing-in ceremony as illegal demonstrations will not be tolerated.

"I want to send a strong warning to all would-be perpetrators that their intended actions are outright criminal and will not be tolerated at all. The police will be firm to take action on any persons who will participate in these illegal demonstrations," the statement for Kimaiyo reiterated.

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