Confusion as two groups permitted to use Uhuru Park

May 28, 2016 2:43 pm
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Kidero has told Capital FM News that coalition wrote on 22nd of this month requesting to have the venue, which they were granted on 26th May/FILE
Kidero has told Capital FM News that coalition wrote on 22nd of this month requesting to have the venue, which they were granted on 26th May/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 28- There was confusion Saturday over who should occupy Uhuru Park on Madaraka Day between CORD and Prayers Beyond Boundaries Ministries.

Whereas police say the park has been booked for three days for a prayer function, Nairobi County Governor Evans Kidero says CORD has already been granted permission to hold their parallel rally at the venue.

Kidero has told Capital FM News that coalition wrote on 22nd of this month requesting to have the venue, which they were granted on 26th May.

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

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

The Prayers Beyond Boundaries Ministries is set to start on Tuesday next week, a day to June 1 Madaraka day celebrations.

Nairobi County Commander Japheth Koome insists the venue is already booked for three days, by Prayer Beyond Boundaries Ministries.

“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.

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