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CS Matiang’i gazettes Kisii State Lodge as a protected area, what this means…

  • Kisii State Lodge is now a protected area, and unauthorised persons will not be allowed in the designated area.
  • This comes on the same day when President Uhuru and Raila Odinga received the final BBI report at the Kisii State Lodge.
  • Any person who is in a protected area without permission or who fails to comply with any direction given to him shall be guilty of an offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to a fine not exceeding five thousand shillings, or to both such imprisonment and fine.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has gazetted Kisii State Lodge as a protected area.

The latest move comes on the same day the Kisii State Lodge played venue when President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga were receiving the final Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report on Wednesday, October 21.

Deputy President (DP) William Ruto did not attend the event in Kisii, instead, the second in command was attending the funeral service of popular Uasin Gishu Count MCA Peter Kiiru. The events were running concurrently.

The BBI taskforce which is led by Wajir Senator Yusuf Haji was tasked with collecting public views on how to solve issues that have been ailing project Kenya since time immemorial, which includes but not limited to lack of national ethos, ethnic antagonism, divisive elections, inclusivity in government, shared prosperity, corruption and devolution.

What is a protected area?

This means that no person shall be allowed in the area without permission of the relevant authority or the CS for Interior and Coordination of National Government.

According to the Constitution, if the CS for Interior- in this case, Fred Matiang’i- deems necessary for any area to be accorded special precautions to prevent the entry of unauthorised persons in the interests of public safety and public order, he or she may declare the area “a protected area”

When the order is in force, no person shall, subject to any exemptions for which provision may be made in order, be in such protected area without permission of the prescribed authority.

“Any person who is in a protected area without permission, contrary to the provisions of section 3, or who fails to comply with any order issued under that section, or who fails to comply with any direction given to him under section 4, or who refuses to allow himself to be searched under section 5, shall be guilty of an offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to a fine not exceeding five thousand shillings, or to both such imprisonment and fine,” reads a section of the Constitution.

The Constitution adds: “Any person who has been detained as a result of the exercise of the powers conferred by section 5 and is found to have in his possession or to be conveying in any manner any arms, ammunition, explosives or stores, and who on being charged does not give an account to the satisfaction of the court that he came by them lawfully, shall be guilty of an offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to a fine not exceeding ten thousand shillings, or to both such imprisonment and fine.”

Examples of protected areas in Kenya

Some of the protected areas in Kenya include; State House-Nairobi, State House-Mombasa, State Lodge-Kisumu, State Lodge-Sagana, Nyeri, State Lodge-Eldoret, State Lodge-Nakuru and now State Lodge-Kisii.

Other protected areas include all the Kenya Defense Forces barracks and camps in the country.


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