Nasa defies police order to use Kamukunji grounds saying rally must go on

By Special Correspondent

A showdown is expected today morning in Nairobi after police outlawed the planned rally by the National Social Alliance coalition.
The opposition brigade has defied the police orders to ban the rally insisting it will go on as planned.

Japheth Koome, the Nairobi police boss issued a statement saying the impending rally at Kamukunji will disrupt the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examinations-KCSE exams at a nearby school.

The named school undertaking KSCE exams is less than a mile away from the grounds.

Mr. Koome says that Kenya National Examination Council-KNEC had written to them over the planned rally saying it will affect the examination progress.

Reports claim that dozens of anti-riot police have been informed and are being mobilized and placed at strategic positions ready for action against the Nasa followers who will attend the panned rally.

The situation is believed to escalate as Mr. Raila Odinga, the Nasa leader is expected on Friday at JKIA from his trip to the US last week.
Police have further affirmed they will not allow Nasa supporters to welcome Mr. Odinga at JKIA citing security reasons.

The developments come after Siaya Senator James Orengo welcomed Nasa supporters for a major rally at Kamukunji grounds, and is set to be a rehearsal for Friday’s grand welcoming of Mr. Odinga.

The convention is said to be part of opposition’s continued journey to fight electoral injustices in Kenya.

The invite was mirrored by Mr. Miguna Miguna, a former aide to Mr. Odinga during his tenure as the prime minister of Kenya in the coalition government between 2007 and 2013. He recently joined the National Resistance Movement, formerly Nasa and has been a vocal crusader against electoral injustices.

Mr. Odinga is believed to be the people’s president among his millions of supporters across the country. Through that, he has been christened as ‘Joshua’, ‘Baba’, ‘Tinga’ among many other whimsical names.

This is not the first time that the police have outlawed Nasa rallies in the city. On the flipside, Nasa has also previously defied such police orders to go ahead with planned rallies. The resulting end has always been a showdown between the two facets, leading to destruction of property, injuries, and loss of lives.

Illegal rallies

The calls and plans for the rally come barely a few days after Jubiliee MPs accused Nasa legislators of allegedly planning to swear in Mr. Raila Odinga claiming it is illegal.

On Monday, John Lonyangapuo, West Pokot Governor castigated the opposition over the parallel rallies and plans to swear in Mr. Odinga.
He vilified the Nasa coalition terming them to have lost direction and all they want is to disrupt Kenya from moving forward after a tiresome electioneering period.

He also asked to accept defeat after their decisions to boycott the October 26th repeat elections.

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