The government does not intend to task the officers from the General Service Unit (GSU) with disrupting the Azimio La Umoja rally at Jacaranda grounds, Nairobi.
According to Dennis Itumbi, who is a big cheese in President William Ruto's inner circle, the state will instead provide security to the citizenry and businesses around.
He however did not divulge which wing of the police will be deployed there; the rally will be held today, January 29, with the Azimio top luminaries being expected to attend.
"No one can make it that easy. Jacaranda will be secured for you, and so will businesses," said Itumbi.
Itumbi was responding to claims by Kileleshwa ward representative Robert Alai who had asserted that members of the GSU had been readied for the rally.
"Lorries full of GSU are currently being loaded at Nairobi Area Police Headquarters. Passed 2 police land cruisers and 2 lorries being loaded. I guess that they want to add spice to Jacaranda. The spicier, the better," Alai had said.
Azimio leader Raila Odinga had sanctioned protest rallies in the future in reaction to a dossier on the alleged rigging of the 2022 presidential vote.
The former prime minister announced he would direct his following on what next will be done.
In his first rally at Kamukunji grounds on Monday, January 23, Raila vowed not to recognise Ruto's presidency as it is illegitimate.
The ODM boss restated he was the one who was validly elected suggesting that Ruto is in office illegally.