This is after the opposition leader’s 14 day-ultimatum issued to the President to open IEBC servers and to lower the cost of leaving lapsed on Wednesday, March 8.
Following the expiry of the 14-day-ultimatum, the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party leader Raila Odinga yesterday threatened to storm government offices to protest over the high cost of living.
However, the government on Wednesday, March 8, deployed more security personnel around the State House and other government offices in what is seen as preparations for Raila’s threats of mass action.
Local reports claim that security has been beefed up around State Houses and State Lodges in Mombasa, Nakuru, Eldoret, Kisumu, and Sagana.
In Nakuru, at least seven temporary roadblocks have been mounted on the roads around the State House on Ralph Bunche Road near Kenya Comfort Hotel.
In Nairobi, at least two security officers were sent to guard roadblocks erected on several routes, including State House Road and the route between Kenya Comfort Suites and Ralph Bunche Road, while another team was stationed at State House Gate C, which is often unguarded, to control traffic.
In Kisumu, where the former Prime Minister enjoys massive support police mounted a temporary roadblock on the driveway to State Lodge from Jomo Kenyatta Avenue to suppress any possible mass action in the city.
Further, two land cruisers and a lorry load of police officers both in anti-riot gear and in plain clothes stood strategically at the junction to Kisumu county offices and the State Lodge.
“Yes it is true we have mounted the roadblock. We are not taking any chances,” Nyanza regional police boss Karanja Muiruri said.