4 July 2014

Kenya: Saba Saba Meetings in Nyandarua Banned

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Opposition leader Raila Odinga (left) with President Uhuru Kenyatta share a light moment (file photo).

Nyandarua county commissioner Wilson Njenga has banned all political and public rallies in the county on Monday. This follows rumours that the outlawed Mungiki sect is planning to hold prayers in Nyahururu town and other regions.

Njega held a crisis meeting with the security team yesterday where the resolution was made. He said the move is to make sure security prevails in the area.

"We have not received any notification of a rally or prayer in Nyahururu or any other town. It will be illegal to hold one. Our police officers will be deployed to make sure that this does not happen," Njenga said.

He said police have been deployed to areas where leaflets urging some communities leave have been circulating. Last week, two people were arrested circulating the leaflets at Mairo Inya area.

The leaflets have also been circulating at Milangine and several flower farms.

"We want to assure residents that their lives are safe and they should not move away. Police have been deployed in these areas to prevent any criminal activity," he said.

Njega said police have arrested several suspected mungiki members in Kipipiri who were planning to cause violence. He said no ugly incident will be tolerated.

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