Kenya Police Accused of Selective Clampdown on Political Rallies

The police are in the spotlight for enforcing a controversial security law to clamp down on political dissent, which is likely to escalate with the release of a report on constitutional reforms in the coming days. The invoking of the Public Order Act has seen three public meetings in western Kenya stopped, including two church fundraisers where Deputy President William Ruto was expected to be the main guest. In the Coast region, some politicians who support the deputy president, were also stopped from campaigning for an independent candidate, who will stand in a parliamentary by-election in December 2020.


DP William Ruto and former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama address a rally after attending a church service at St Paul’s ACK Church in Athi River on September 7.

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