Security intensifies in hotspots as Supreme Court readies motion verdict »Capital News

Nairobi, Kenya, September 3 – Police headquarters have ordered heightened security at hotspots as the Supreme Court prepares to deliver a verdict on the presidential verdict on Monday.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Edward Mbugua has already ordered all county commanders to increase deployments in specific areas where protests or celebrations are likely to take place once the verdict is delivered.

“The Supreme Court of Kenya will render a decision on the presidential petition on Monday 5/9/2022) depending on the court ruling, we expect various reactions from members of the public in sensitive areas such as violence and the destruction of property, demonstrations and celebrations,” Mbugua said in the directive.

The Supreme Court has concluded hearings on the consolidated motion to overturn President-elect William Ruto’s victory in the August 9 presidential election.

The petitioner is Azimio’s presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, who accuses the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of rigging the ballot in favor of Ruto. The verdict is expected on Monday.

The Deputy Inspector General said some areas could see violence and/or celebrations and urged police across the country to be vigilant.

On Thursday, the US Embassy in Nairobi announced that it had imposed movement restrictions on Americans in Kisumu ahead of the Supreme Court ruling.

Kisumu is Odinga’s main support base.

“Election-related protests and rallies regularly take place after elections, sometimes blocking key intersections and causing traffic congestion,” the notice read in part.

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The embassy warned that protests could at times turn violent, requiring police intervention, and urged its citizens to remain vigilant as Kenyans await the final ruling from the country’s top court.

But the Kisumu County government immediately protested the warning, saying no protests or violence were planned.