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Raila tells followers to remain calm at rally, keep off JKIA

Odinga also pleaded with CORD leaders to shun divisive speeches but instead concentrate on discussions that will keep Kenya united/FILE

Odinga also pleaded with CORD leaders to shun divisive speeches but instead concentrate on discussions that will keep Kenya united/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 30 – Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has urged his supporters not to go to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to receive him on Saturday, as he arrives back into the country from the United States.

In a statement, Odinga explained to his followers that the country was facing security challenges and it would be important for them to keep off the airport to avoid interfering with operations.

“This will ensure supporters do not add to the inconveniences travellers are currently experiencing at the airport,” his communications officer Dennis Onyango explained in an email sent to newsrooms.

Odinga further urged his supporters to observe the rule of law and maintain peace during the CORD rally scheduled to take place on Saturday afternoon at Uhuru Park.

The former premier also appealed to the police to ensure professionalism and to refrain from mishandling the rally.

At the same time, he pleaded with CORD leaders to shun divisive speeches but instead concentrate on discussions that will keep Kenya united.

“Mr Odinga has also appealed to leaders attending the rally to take it upon themselves to heal the nation,” Onyango said.

The Uhuru Park rally had initially been cancelled by Inspector General David Kimaiyo over what he termed as security concerns.

However after a meeting with CORD leaders, the IG lifted the ban but on condition that the party observes peace.

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Police also promised that sufficient security will be provided during the event.

Odinga has been in the US for three months.

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