Kenya: Police Insist Uhuru Park Unavailable to Cord

Nairobi Police boss Japheth Koome says there will be no showdown at Uhuru Park during the Madaraka Day celebrations, where CORD and a religious group claim to have been permitted to use.

According to Koome, Evangelist Lucy Wa Ngunjiri of the Prayer Beyond Boundaries Ministries has already paid S50,000 for the venue.

“There is no confusion, we know that a crusade will be there,” Koome told Capital News.

He says police will provide enough security to ensure the religious function that kicks off on Tuesday, a day to the celebrations, goes well uninterrupted.

“We will ensure the church event goes well,” he asserted.

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has since stated that CORD leaders will be at the venue for their parallel rally.

“I only know of the CORD meeting… they can choose to use it or not,” Kidero, on Saturday told Capital FM News on phone.

He said the coalition wrote on 22nd of this month requesting to have the venue, which they were granted on May 26.

The church event on its part has since printed poster inviting Kenyans to attend the prayers.

The County Government has the mandate of issuing permits, since the facility falls under their jurisdiction.

“I have written to CORD over the same. They will have to look for an alternative venue,” Koome told Capital FM News.

Koome’s letter reads: “Your notification of participation on Madaraka Day at the same venue is therefore not approved.”

CORD had said that they wanted to celebrate, “civil liberties, freedoms and reaffirm the quest for constitutionalism in Kenya.”

All the main principal’s led by Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula were to attend the June 1 celebrations at Uhuru Park.

The opposition has been calling for disbandment of the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) over integrity issues, an agenda that was set to be addressed during the rally.

President Uhuru Kenyatta will lead the country in celebrating the Madaraka Day celebrations in Nakuru County.

Nakuru will be the first County to host the national day outside Nairobi.

Source: Capital FM