Police ban NASA protests in CBD ahead of Raila homecoming

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NASA leader Raila Odinga. PHOTO: /CAPITALFM

Nairobi Police boss Japheth Koome has banned any organised activities by the National Super Alliance and its supporters from Nairobi’s Central Business District.

Through a statement on Monday, November 13, Mr Koome said he had received word that “people were planning to demonstrate” adding that he would not allow any picketing in the CBD.

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NASA supporters during a past anti-IEBC demos. PHOTO: JOHN CHESOLI/THE STAR

“Let us go back to the Public Order Act. Any NASA supporter planning to cause fear and sabotage would be dealt with accordingly. If you are thinking you can move around the CBD causing trouble, I will be there with enough officers to deal with you. That person who has mind and intention to cause economic sabotage, that will not happen,

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“This time, everyone will carry his own cross but the job will be done. I want to assure our peopleā€¦don’t live in fear. Enjoy your existence as we are here to protect everyone in this city” the Standard quoted the police boss.

His stern warning came after the Opposition announced that there would be a massive rally at Kamkunji Grounds in Kamkunji constituency on Thursday, November 16, which would act as a dress rehearsal to welcome their leader Raila Odinga back to the country on Friday, November the 17th.

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NASA invite

An open invitation circulating on social media is calling for people to gather in large numbers at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Friday to accord the ex-Prime Minister the welcome he deserves.

Mr Odinga leaves the United States today where he has been for the past week to further his push for electoral reforms in Kenya, and has meetings lined up in the UK in the coming days.

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The November 17 rally is scheduled to take place at the historic Uhuru Park grounds.