, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 23 – There was heavy security presence in Nairobi’s Uhuru Park Wednesday morning ahead of a political rally in support of teachers.
Dozens of police officers could be seen patrolling the park and other strategic areas as crowds begin to gather for the meeting.
Nairobi Police chief Japheth Koome warned against any forms of violence during the meeting to be addressed by top CORD leaders, including Raila Odinga.
“We would not like people with criminal intentions to take over this meeting and start destroying property. We are not going to allow any destruction of property.” Nairobi County Commander Japheth Koome stated.
The rally was organised to show solidarity for striking teachers, after CORD leaders accused the government of letting the crisis get out of hand.
The last time the opposition held a rally at Uhuru Park was on July 7, 2014 when Mr Odinga returned to the country from a long US trip.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has ruled out any pay increase for teachers, saying it will crush the country’s wage bill which currently stands at 51 percent.
The rally is set to put more pressure on the Government to pay the teachers their awarded pay increment of 50 to 60 percent.