Days after most Kenyans led by Deputy President William Ruto allies complained of selective application of enforcing the law on public gatherings, Police Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai has come out to clear the air.
Replying to the complaints on Monday through his #EngageTheIG sessions on Twitter, Mutyambai, who has recently come under public attack over alleged plans to curb Deputy President William Ruto’s meetings, indicated that the National Police Service take some precautions before deciding on whether to authorize or reject the meetings.
In particular, Mutyambai revealed that NPS can allow a public gathering to go on after ascertaining there will be no risk of violence or attack on a particular group should they allow it to go on.
“I have taken note of complaints about selective application of enforcing the law on public gatherings. @NPSOfficial_KE authorizes public gatherings after ascertaining that there is no risk of violence or attack on the particular group. 1/2. #EngageTheIG,” tweeted Mutyambai.
He, however, noted that authorization is declined for the safety of the public and the properties around the said area should police establish any possible risk emanating from the meeting.
Mutyambai went ahead to reveal that those leaders whose meetings have been marred with chaos in the past have risked having their meetings canceled unlike those who don’t have any records of violence.
“Should we establish any possible risk, then authorization is declined for the safety of the public & the properties around the said area. There are groups that have not attracted any form of violence while others have attracted violence, hence varied authorizations. 2/2 #EngageTheIG,” he added.
Should we establish any possible risk, then authorization is declined for safety of the public & the properties around the said area. There are groups that have not attracted any form of violence while others have attracted violence, hence varied authorizations. 2/2 #EngageTheIG
— Hillary N. Mutyambai (@IG_NPS) October 12, 2020
His explanations were, however, rubbished by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, who took to his page to tell off Mutyambai, saying he has no legal authority to authorize any form of meeting in the country.
According to Murkomen, Mutyambai’s task was only to provide security for the meeting after being notified.
You have NO legal or Constitutional power to authorize a meeting. You are only suppose to be notified to provide security. https://t.co/0XS04BLxHn
— KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN, E.G.H (@kipmurkomen) October 12, 2020
He warned that the IG will be held accountable as a person should anything go wrong in Kenya due to the alleged stoking of hatred and tension through selective application of the law.