, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 28 – The Raila Odinga led Coalition for Reforms and Democracy will now have to look for an alternative ground for their Madaraka Day rally, after police said Uhuru Park, the venue they preferred, had been booked.
Uhuru Park, according to Nairobi County Commander Japheth Koome is already booked for three days, by Prayer Beyond Boundaries Ministries.
- Nakuru will be the first County to host the national day outside Nairobi
- Nairobi, the centre of power, has traditionally hosted the national celebration of the National Days
- Mombasa and Nakuru Counties will be hosting the two National Days besides the one that will be hosted by Nairobi County in 2016
“I have written to CORD over the same. They will have to look for an alternative venue,” Koome told Capital 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 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.
Nairobi, the centre of power, has traditionally hosted the national celebration of the National Days.
The County will now be left with only one event per year.
Mombasa and Nakuru Counties will be hosting the two National Days besides the one that will be hosted by Nairobi County in 2016.
The three National Days are Madaraka Day celebrated on June 1, Mashujaa Day celebrated on October 20 and Jamhuri Day celebrated on December 12.