Alertes de sécurité

À noter, les alertes ne sont disponibles qu'en anglais
08 oct. 2020 | 10h33 UTC

Kenya: Police disperse Deputy President’s political rally in Nyamira County October 8

Kenya Alerte de sécurité

Police use tear gas to disperse political gathering orgnaized by Deputy President William Ruto in Nyamira County on October 8; possibility of unrest in near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/10/2020, 12h00 until 9/10/2020, 11h59 (Africa/Nairobi). COUNTRY/REGION Nyamira County

Event

Police reportedly used tear gas to disperse crowds in the Kebirigo area of Nyamira County on Thursday, October 8, ahead of a political rally organized by Deputy President William Ruto. The rally had reportedly been planned as a political fund-raising event, but dozens of police officers blocked access to the site and ordered tents to be taken down, stating that the gathering had not been authorized and was illegal. Ruto was not at the site when police dispersed the crowd but it is unclear whether the Deputy President will still attempt to address supporters in the area later on Thursday.

The police action came a day after the National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC) announced new regulations requiring organizers of public gatherings to seek approval from local police chiefs at least three days prior to the planned event. The new measure has been widely seen as an attempt by the NSAC to restrict early political campaigning for the 2022 presidential election, with police given the power to prevent such gatherings.

Further gatherings and associated police activity are likely in the Kebirigo area in the near term, with a realistic possibility of clashes between demonstrators and security forces.

Context

Political tensions have been increasing in Kenya amid a growing rift between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto. The Deputy President, a long-term ally of Kenyatta, had expected to be the heir apparent going into elections in 2022, when the President reaches the end of his constitutionally-limited two terms. However, Kenyatta has grown increasingly close to opposition leader Raila Odinga following an agreement that ended the country's 2018 political crisis, triggering a simmering power struggle within the government.

Advice

Those in Nyamira County are advised to avoid the Kebirigo area in the immediate term due to the risk of unrest. Travelers should avoid all demonstrations and political gatherings in Kenya due to the risk of incidental violence and crowd-dispersal operations by security forces, avoid discussing politically sensitive topics in public or on social media, and heed any directives issued by local authorities.

 

Copyright and Disclaimer
GardaWorld is the owner or licensee of all intellectual property rights in the material presented on this website. All such rights are reserved. The use of this website and its material is subject to the Terms of Use and accordingly you must not use any content from this website for commercial or other analogous purposes without our consent, including but not limited to any deep-linking or framing in order to copy, distribute, display or monitor any portion of the website. If you have any questions or are interested in distributing any content from this website, Contact us for more details.

Alertes reliées