IG Mutyambai Issues Orders to Police Commanders Over Political Rallies

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    Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai, Interior CS Fred Matiang'i and his PS Karanja Kibicho
  • Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai issued orders to all police commanders in regards to stopping political rallies and enforcing curfew rules.

    Speaking on Friday, July 30, at Harambee House, The IG directed all police commanders to ensure that directives issued by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe are followed to the letter.

    He additionally noted that it was his sole job to ensure that all protocols are followed to the letter.

    Sounding a warning that the country was on the brink of a fourth wave, Kagwe prohibited all political gatherings countrywide.

    Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai in December 2020
    Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai in December 2020

    "All the protocols CS Mutahi Kagwe has highlighted, the National Police Service (NPS) is to enforce all the protocols. In that regard, I give instructions to officers with effect from today that all protocols to be enforced and measures stepped up.

    "There will be no public gathering and political rallies and we are not going to have a discussion on that matter. Officers take instruction on this including commanders. Those meetings have already been prohibited," stated Mutyambai.

    He also challenged citizens to ensure that they follow the directives properly to avoid run-ins with law enforcers especially during curfew hours.

    "Be in the right place at the right time. During the curfew, I urge all the members of the public to stay home. You play your part as a citizen and I give instructions to all commanders to ensure compliance of all those protocols," he added.

    Kagwe announced an extension to the national curfew noting that it was scheduled to start from 10 pm to 4 am across the whole country.

    He also directed that all government and intergovernmental meetings be held virtually or postponed.

    Kagwe further stated that all employers should allow employees to work from home until further notice.

    He directed that all forms of physical congregational meetings be done under the guidelines of the interfaith council. In-person worship is to be limited to a third of the capacity of places of worship.  The CS urged congregants to maintain a physical distance of at least 1 metre while indoors.

    Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe addressing the media on November 26, 2020
    Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe addressing the media on November 26, 2020