Cord secures police permit for Saba Saba rally

Police okay Saba Saba rally as William Ruto warns on chaos Kenya: The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy ( CORD) has said it has secured a permit for the Saba Saba rally at Uhuru Park as some Jubilee operatives claimed the ruling coalition leaders were planning a meeting at the same venue on the same day. CORD also released a schedule of final rallies towards Saba Saba that include meetings at Kisii, Busia, Bungoma and Ugunja on Friday and Kisumu and Machakos on Sunday. Opposition leaders visited Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo to seek assurance that their planned meeting at Uhuru Park would proceed well. CORD luminaries have maintained that the rally’s venue would be Uhuru Park and any other person planning for an event at the same venue “would be looking for trouble”. Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama said it is the Government’s work to deal with those planning to cause chaos. “We met with the Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo to iron out differences over the rally. We have the permit to hold the rally at the venue. If there is any other person who wants to use the facility on that day, that person is looking for trouble. The police will deal with that,” said Muthama. See also: Jubilee disowns national dialogue team Earlier yesterday, Jubilee activist and TNA’s Gatundu South aspirant Moses Kuria had sent messages to the media that read “Jubilee leaders from Nairobi and surrounding counties will conduct a site visit at Uhuru Park, venue of the Nairobi peace rally on July 7.” However, the visit did not materialise. However, Nairobi Area police boss Benson Kibue confirmed to The Standard that it’s only CORD that have approached the police saying they would hold a rally at Uhuru Park on Monday. “We can confirm that it’s only CORD that has approached us about the rally on Monday at Uhuru Park according to the law. We are not aware of any other rally on that day because we don’t have any information,” said Kibue. According to Orengo and Muthama, Kimaiyo assured them that security would be beefed up before, during and after the rally and those planning to cause mayhem would be dealt with according to the law. Muthama alleged there were other individuals planning to cause chaos and disrupt the rally to give CORD a bad reputation. He said the Opposition rallies were being held on behalf of Kenyans and the coalition has every right to criticise the Government whenever it fails to deliver on its mandate. “I have heard some governors saying they will not allow CORD rallies in their counties. No county is owned by any governor and we don’t need any permit from them to hold a rally,” said Muthama.

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