Uhuru park is a no go zone police declare ahead of Odinga’s swearing in

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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,28TH JAN 2018-Police have declared that they will not alow anybody near Nairobi’s Uhuru Park grounds ahead of the National Super Alliance NASA swaering in of its leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday.

Speaking during a media briefing on Sunday,Nairobi Police Commander Japheth Koome  said the NASA opposition coalition had not formally notified him on the plans to hold the controversial oathing in Nairobi.

“I’m reading on the press that so and so will be at Uhuru Park, which I’m not likely to allow because if I allow there will be a confrontation and people will be injured. You have heard several groups want to use Uhuru Park on the same day. Tell them we love this city and we will guard it jealously. We will not allow breach of peace,” said Koome.

“Nobody will be at Uhuru Park because I must protect everybody. If I allow people to go there and they injure one another I will have slept on the job,” said Koome.

NASA, however, maintains that it will ‘swear in’ its principals Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka as the People’s president and deputy on Tuesday, January 30 at Uhuru Park.

A church and a group called the Nairobi Business Community had reportedly written to City Hall seeking a permit to use Uhuru Park on January 30th when the NASA event is set to take place.

The business community, which claimed to have been allowed to use the venue, had announced it was planning to hold a free medical clinic targeting street children who would wish to get circumcised.

 

The announcement could see police clash with NASA supporters on Tuesday espeicially with NASA having maintained that the Venue will be their prefered destination for the event.

This  comes after the  Nairobi County Government  annaounced that Uhuru Park will remain closed from Wednesday, January 23, until further notice to allow for renovation.

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