Details have emerged that President Uhuru Kenyatta has categorically instructed his lieutenants to ensure tomorrow’s planned swearing-in of Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka is scuttled.
Uhuru is said to have also told envoys the anticipated ceremony amounted to “a coup”.
“We did not understand what he meant by a coup but it was clear there may be violence if NASA goes on with their plans,” said one official who confided in anonymity to The Standard.
The Government was apparently locked in a closed door meeting on Sunday to consider several options that would ensure the event does not see the take place.
Among optioned considered were;
Option No.1 : Detaining NASA leaders
It is understood that one option that has come up during police discussions is temporarily detaining National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders in their houses or wherever they will be to ensure that they do not make it to Uhuru Park.
Security chiefs met on Saturday, and have been doing so in the recent past, to analyse the different scenarios likely to confront them tomorrow.
The option of arresting Opposition leaders and detaining them at undisclosed locations was also floated but the meeting did not agree on the law to be applied to deal with those arrested, sources said.
Option No.2 :Additional Police
The Standard has learnt that as part of efforts to stop the event, there will be additional police from neighbouring counties.
“We will disrupt any form of gathering in the city,” said an insider of the security arrangements planned for tomorrow.
Other officials said police squads were gearing up for arrests in different parts of the city today.
NASA has urged supporters to turn out in large numbers for the ceremony despite the county government insisting Uhuru Park had been closed for renovations.
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