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State beefs up security in trouble spots ahead of top court verdict

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By Judith Gicobi

In anticipation of celebrations or protests in various towns and major areas when the Supreme Court issues its decision on the presidential case on Monday, the government has started relocating security personnel, machines, and equipment across the nation.

The action was taken after Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai, who had spent the previous 12 days in the hospital, had been released and may soon resume running the agency.

The IG collapsed at his Karen home in Nairobi and reported having breathing problems. He was taken to the Aga Khan Hospital and admitted to the High Dependency Unit (HDU). On Thursday in the afternoon, he was released.

Prior to Monday’s announcement of the petition’s conclusion, the National Police Service is not taking any chances. All regional commanders have been instructed to place their officers in hot spot regions by National Police Service Deputy Inspector-General Edward Mbugua.

“The Supreme Court of Kenya will make a ruling on the presidential petition on Monday, September 5,” the DIG said in a letter to all regional commanders.

“Depending on the ruling, we expect various reactions from the public in hotspot areas such as violence and destruction of property, demonstrations and celebrations. You are directed to prepare operation orders on how to deal with the aftermath of the court ruling,” ordered the DIG.

Mr. Mbugua issued his order a day after the US placed travel limitations on its employees in Kisumu.

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