NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 17- A political showdown looms on Sunday during two parallel rallies in Mathare Constituency, by the Jubilee Party and the Orange Democratic Movement in a disputed venue.
The Jubilee rally will be led by the area Member of Parliament Stephen Kariuki, to sell the agenda of the newly formed Party while ODM will be popularizing its party leader Raila Odinga’s presidential bid to the city electorates.
Both rallies are set to be held at the Masinde Muliro grounds in Mathare, with Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho saying it will be peaceful despite the security concerns over the disputed venue.
“We said we will be in Nairobi and there shall be a series of meetings,” he said. “We are set. The rally shall be very peaceful.”
Mathare MP, who recently defected from ODM, on his part, said their rally will also focus on highlighting President Uhuru Kenyatta’s development agenda while Joho says they will be making two major declarations on their political plans ahead of next year’s General Election.
Joho has also held a party delegates meeting together with Governor Evans Kidero, in a bid to ensure all goes well as planned.
Nairobi County Commander Japheth Koome told Capital News that police will ensure the law and order prevails during the two events.
“Our work is to ensure law and order prevails,” he said.