Kindiki Warns Raila Over Countrywide Rallies

  • Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki addresses locals at Kerio Valley on January 3, 2022.
    Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki addresses locals at Kerio Valley on January 3, 2022.
    Kithure Kindiki
  • Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki sent a stern warning to Azimio leader Raila Odinga over the ongoing rallies held every Sunday. 

    In a press briefing at Harambee House on Monday, February 6, Kindiki warned Raila not to disrupt any businesses or contradict the law, or else he would face the full force of the police force. 

    He noted that they had a right to conduct peaceful demonstrations but affirmed that any form of chaos would not be tolerated. 

    Azimio party leader Raila Odinga arrives for a rally at the Kamukunji grounds in Nairobi on Monday, January 23, 2023.
    Raila Odinga

    "Politicians come from various sectors, some of them from the opposition, but my business is to hear from them, what they think we can do to make our country safe, period. As to their politics, they can go and do it elsewhere. Some of them are doing demonstrations, I have no business with that, I don't care. But on one condition, they keep law and order. 

    "The day they will try to break the law, breach the peace, incite public disorder, that is the day the full weight of the ministry of Interior will come on them. They can do rallies so long as they don't disrupt businesses, don't insult," he stated.

    Kindiki referenced President William Ruto's remarks on the security sector dissociating itself from politics and instead serving Kenyans in general. 

    He affirmed that his Ministry would hunt down influential figures whose purpose was to hurt the country for commercial or political gain. 

    "We have completely depoliticised the security sector and we're not available to discuss, or engage in partisan politics. You've heard the president himself say that he doesn't want the support of security agencies to do politics and he has enough supporters and leaders elected on his party who will help him transact his politics. 

    "Therefore, if any leader of whatever political formation is implicated in hurting our country for political or commercial reasons, I have made it clear in my consultations with them that we will be ruthless with them."

    Alluding to the cattle rustling situation in the Northern region, he noted that any political figures financing or influencing the vice would face the full force of the law.

    "We will deal with them without mercy, whether they are the opposition, or government because it is not the political objective of any party to murder other people and steal their cattle or disrupt social activities," he pointed out.

    Further, the Interior CS deployed 9,000 officers in various security hot spots to combat criminal activities within the regions. He affirmed that the deployment would be on a security need basis.

    "The new officers will be deployed to security hot spots across the country immediately to further buttress the security of our people and their property," he revealed.

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    A photo of Interior CS Kithure Kindiki inspecting a guard of police officers in Turkana County on November 30,2022.
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