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Security heightened in different regions in Kenya ahead of opposition protests

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Security remains heightened across Kenya ahead of Wednesday’s planned demonstrations by the opposition.

There was relative calm in Nairobi’s central business district as many shops remained closed. The usual traffic snarl-ups and congestion in the city were not present.

Police officers have been deployed at key points across the city and roads leading to critical establishments such as State House Road.

In Kisumu County in Western Kenya, businesses, including supermarkets, remained shut in anticipation of the demonstrations.

Meanwhile in coastal city of Mombasa, police officers were seen patrolling different areas of the city in the morning.

Kenya’s opposition coalition, Azimio, called for protests on grounds that President William Ruto’s administration has “failed to prioritize the plight of Kenyans and instead instituted punitive taxation laws.” 

On Tuesday, Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome said the opposition has not presented any official notification to the police on the planned demos. Koome later added that any gathering would be considered illegal.

Six people died during mass protests last Friday. Several people were also hurt.

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