The Kenyan government is taking measures to prevent potential violence during planned protests in Nairobi’s Central Business District on March 20th, organized by opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has announced that key roads will be closed and a significant number of police officers deployed to ensure security and maintain law and order.
Various security forces, including the General Service Police Unit, will be deployed in different parts of the city to contain any potential outbreaks of violence.
The government is using intelligence reports to identify areas where there may be trouble and has already increased security around State Lodges such as Kisumu in preparation for the protests.
Raila Odinga has urged his supporters to carry a white handkerchief as a symbol of peace during the demonstrations. However, reports indicate that the security services have received intelligence warning of a possible outbreak of violence during the protests, with some politicians allegedly financing youth to cause chaos in the capital.
The business community has expressed concerns over the safety of their establishments during the protests. Police boss Adamson Bungei has pledged to make details of the security plan public before Monday, and the Nairobi County Security and Intelligence Committee has been holding meetings to plan how to counter violence.
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