The plans by the National Super Alliance-NASA in Kenya to mobilise people to receive opposition leader Raila Odinga back into the country from the United Kingdom have suffered a setback. Joseph Boinnet, the Inspector General of Kenya Police Force, says Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is out of bounds to the NASA supporters planning to receive Raila. The opposition leader is expected to return to Kenya on November 17th.
In a media statement issued on Wednesday, Boinnet also warned that organisers of the procession or any rally to comply with the Public Order Act (2016). “The attention of the police has been drawn to reports that some politicians are mobilising crowds to march to JKIA to receive Hon. Raila Odinga. JKIA is a protected area hence access is open to bonafide travelers and all others with legitimate business at the airport who must at all times be subjected to the standard security procedures,” reads the statement in part.
He said police would block anybody trying to access the airport without any valid reasons. “It is therefore not advisable to mobilise huge crowds to travel to the facility (JKIA) as it risks jeopardising the safety of air operators, passengers and other airport users,” said the police chief. NASA leaders have been mobilising their supporters to turn up in large numbers to welcome their leader.
Recently, Miguna Miguna, a member NASA called on their supporters to turn up in large numbers and welcome Raila. He also urged the opposition supporters to “take over Nairobi” on Friday in what he termed as a 1 million person march to JKIA by “National Resistance Movement-NRM troops” from all over the country.