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Embu leaders suspend hotel meetings to prevent demos

Leaders in Embu Town have suspended all forms of meetings in hotels to prevent any assembly by demonstration organisers.

Led by Kirimari Ward MCA Ibrahim Swaleh, they said they had received intelligence reports that there were some leaders allied to Azimio la Umoja One Kenya who burnt the midnight oil planning for demonstrations in various parts of the county.

Speaking in Embu Town, Swaleh said they will hold a vigil for the three days Azimio scheduled protests to ensure no demonstrations take place and that businesses go on undisturbed.

He urged police to work closely with locals to ward off protests, and he called on young people not to be swayed to engage in acts of hooliganism.

County Boda Boda Operators Chair Martin Muchira said demonstrations offered no solution to the problems facing the country, including the high cost of living.

He said they will be on the frontlines to thwart any attempts by any group to conduct demonstrations, saying they do not want to see the county plunge into anarchy.

A resident, Elizabeth Wanja, said women are the ones who bear the brunt of the protests, where their children and spouses end up killed or maimed.

Beba Beba Leader Benjamin Maina said they do not support the planned demonstrations, saying they needed a conducive working environment to fend for their families.

By Samuel Waititu

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