Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua has said that police denied him a permit to hold the ‘Listening tour’ in Embu town that was scheduled for Saturday and Sunday (11th October).
According to the Governor, the police failed to grant him the approval as they were notified late instead of the 3 days window that is supposed to be given as per the law.
“I was denied permission to hold my listening tours in Embu yesterday and today because my letter, notifying the police of the tours had arrived late. I complied with the denials.” A statement by the Governor read.
“I have subsequently written other notification letters, for additional areas where I wish to visit so as to listen to the views of Wananchi, so that my 2022 Presidential Campaign manifesto captures the needs and reality on the ground. “
Mutua called for caution so that the public order act is not used to deny people the right to assemble and the freedom of expression.
Last week, the Governor held the ‘listening tours’ in Masii, Chuka and Tharaka areas. The move has spurred controversy with some of the residents in social media asking him to listen and work for the people of Machakos first before going outside to campaign for 2022.
This comes days after the Cabinet approved stringent measures invoked by the National Security Advisory Committee to contain early campaigns ahead of the 2022 General Elections.