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Nyanza police ban ‘Men in Black’ during campaign period

Police in Nyanza have proscribed private security guards, known in political circles as “men in black”, during campaigns.

Assistant Inspector General of Police Joseph Keitany said politicians must notify police for security on their planned rallies ahead of the party primaries and elections.

Mr Keitany said only the National Police Service is mandated to ensure security during public rallies and cautioned politicians against using members of illegal groups.


“We are keenly monitoring the situation ahead of the nominations and want to warn politicians against using the ‘men in black’ to cause chaos. They must notify the police on their planned rallies in accordance with the law,” Mr Keitany told Nation on Tuesday.

He said they were keenly monitoring the situation in the counties with an aim of ensuring peaceful primaries and elections.

“Politicians must be cautioned against chaos. They must stop ferrying youths with weapons to political rallies and polling stations during the party primaries,” Mr Keitany said.


He said they had already dispatched a team of investigators to Migori County to probe chaos that erupted there during Monday ODM rally in which Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho’s bodyguard was injured.

“We want to ascertain whose guns were used during the chaotic rally,” said Mr Keitany.