UPDATE Tuesday, October 13: Police in Nyamira have moved to dismiss the letters approving two Deputy President William Ruto functions in the county.
Masaba North Ward Police Commander Elam Esendi distanced himself from the two letters with one of them purportedly authored by him.
Deputy President William Ruto has finally been granted permission to host his scheduled meeting in Nyamira on Thursday, October 15.
In documents seen by 254news.co.ke, Nyamira Police Station Ward Commander Mohamed Sasura granted the go-ahead to West Mugirango MP Kemosi Mogaka on condition that the rules set by the National Security Advisory Committee would apply to the conveners.
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“You will be held responsible for any acts of lawlessness and disorder that may arise,” the permit reads in part.
In what appeared to be a related event, Keroka OCS Elamasendi approved a “sadaka collection” scheduled for the same day at a Seventh Day Adventist church.
“This office received your above letter notifying your intention to hold a sadaka collection in respect to Nyamasebe District. This is to notify you that your request had been granted and you will cooperate with the police to ensure that security is maintained throughout the function,” the letter to Pastor Richard Nyaribari read in part.
Deputy President William Ruto had on Thursday, October 8 postponed his Nyamira County visit after consultations with local leaders.
This is after he attended a Cabinet meeting held by President Uhuru Kenyatta to discuss the preparations for Mashujaa Day scheduled for Tuesday, October 20, in Kisii.
This was after police officers chased away Deputy President William Ruto’s supporters at Kebirigo High School in Nyamira County on the same day.
DP Ruto was scheduled to host a fundraiser for boda boda operators, a day after the government introduced stringent measures for political rallies.
The fundraiser was cancelled over alleged failure to notify authorities in advance according to new guidelines issued on Wednesday by the Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua.
An areas OCS is supposed to be informed of the intent to hold a political meeting at least three days, but not more than fourteen days before the proposed date of the public meeting or procession.