Interior CS Kithure Kindiki

Interior CS Kithure Kindiki has said protesters should end their planned Tuesday demonstrations by sunset or 6.30pm "whichever comes first".

Protesters, mostly youth, have planned nationwide anti-Finance Bill protests on Tuesday.

In press address on Monday, the CS said protesters must remain peaceful and unarmed during the protests.

"The protesters must stop their activities at sunset or at 6.30pm whichever is earlier in accordance with the Public Order Act (Cap 57)," he said.

He said Kenyans have a right to demonstrate, however, they are limited by the law.

"They must make sure that the enjoyment of these rights does not prejudice the rights and freedoms of others," he affirmed.

Kindiki's directive came after last week's Thursday protests extended past 6.30pm into the night within Nairobi's Central Business District.

Protesters carried placards and lit bonfires on streets as they chanted and danced to music from blootooth speakers and nightclubs on Moi Avenue.

The protesters were agitated after the Finance Bill passed the second reading stage with 204 MPs voting to approve it against 115 who rejected it.

Angry youths stoned vehicles at Parliament Buildings soon after MPs passed the Finance Bill, 2024.

Parliamentary staff were caught by surprise prompting them to scamper for safety while some hurriedly drove their vehicles into basment parking to them the protesters' wrath. 

The National Police Service quickly issued a statement stating that it would not allow demonstrators to either occupy critical government infrastructure including Parliament Buildings, or disrupt Parliamentary proceedings.

A statement signed by Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome said NPS respects provisions of Article 37 of the Constitution stipulating the right of citizens to assemble, demonstrate and picket but would not allow attacks on government infrastructure.

The Thursday evening demos led to the death of one person who was allegedly shot and killed by a police officer.

Rex Kanyike Masai, 29, was shot and killed at about 7pm along Moi Avenue.

A group of protesters had been pushed by police from parts of Kenyatta Avenue, City Hall Way and other places and gathered outside Moi Avenue.

They started to dance to music that came from a club at the site.

Witnesses claimed it was then that a cop in a cap and plain clothes emerged and started to shoot at the group to disperse them.

Rex was hit in the leg and fell on the road crying for help.

A second person succumbed to injuries sustained during the demos on Friday, June 21.

Evans Kiratu was allegedly struck by a tear gas canister in his groin during the protests.

Kiratu was taken to Kenyatta National Hospital by a group of well-wishers, where he was treated for severe injuries and internal bleeding.