In Summary
  • Mumias East MP Benjamin Washiali and former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale insist their meeting will go on as planned.

  • In Mumias, General Service Unit are in the town to ensure conveners of the Western Region Development Consultative Forum and their supporters do not access the venue.

  • Western Region Deputy Police Commander Leonard Omolo warned on Thursday that any plans by leaders to hold a parallel meeting in Mumias would be met by full force of the law.

Police in anti-riot gear have cordoned off Nabongo Sports Ground in Mumias town, the venue of the cancelled parallel meeting convened by Deputy President William Ruto's allies.

At Bukhungu Stadium, security is tight with police officers at strategic positions. People have started trooping into the stadium.

In Mumias, General Service Unit officers are in the town to ensure conveners of the Western Region Development Consultative Forum and their supporters do not access Nabongo Sports Ground.

CANCEL RALLY

Politicians allied to Dr Ruto led by Mumias East MP Benjamin Washiali and former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale insisted their meeting will go on as planned. They said the move by police to cancel their rally was unacceptable.

 “I have met the police chiefs in Kakamega and explained to them what the law says about their decision to cancel our meeting. We have informed them that our meeting is on and all they need to do is provide security,” said Dr Khalwale.

Dr Khalwale said the Kakamega consultative forum on the Building Bridges Initiative at Bukhungu Stadium and the one in Mumias were 34 kilometres apart.

General Service Unit officers man Nabongo Sports Ground, Mumias, the venue of a parallel public rally organised by Deputy President William Ruto's allies. PHOTO | SHABAN MAKOKHA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

“All we need is for police to provide security. The two meetings are miles apart and reasons being given by police to cancel our meeting are not convincing,” said Dr Khalwale.

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