February 17, 2020

Uhuru Park closed down ahead of Raila swearing-in

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has closed down Uhuru Park ahead of Raila Odinga’s swearing-in scheduled to take place on January 30.

The Nairobi City County government on Wednesday (24/1/18) closed down the recreational park from any gathering and meetings.

“Notice is hereby given to the general public that Uhuru Park Grounds is scheduled to undergo phased improvement works in order to enhance usefulness to its visitors,” read a notice by Acting County Secretary Leboo Ole Morintat.

The directive has raised suspicion of its timing within the National Super Alliance (NASA) which had expressed interest in using the venue for their planned swearing-in.

NASA lawmakers had anticipated that the Government would cordon off Uhuru Park to prevent the controversial event from happening.

“When we chose Uhuru Park, we knew the Jubilee leadership would thwart our mission by ensuring the venue is cordoned off by police. We have chosen a different location that will be known during or after the event,” an unnamed NASA MP stated early this week.

NASA co-principal and Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi maintained that the oath plan was still in place.

Nairobi Business Community had also applied to use the park for a free medical camp.

According to Chairman Wilfred Kamau, the camp would target street boys who wished to be circumcised and would not pay for the minor surgery.

Gatundu South Member of Parliament (MP) Moses Kuria was on Monday pictured alongside members of the group in lab coats, ‘preparing for the medical camp’.

Kuria claimed on Sunday that Raila would not be sworn in on January 30.

He alleged that the swearing-in was called off following a deal between Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja and Raila that led to the release of Embakasi East MP Babu Owino from Parklands police station.

Last week, a section of Jubilee leaders dared Raila and Kalonzo to go ahead with the planned swearing-in saying that they risk being arrested and charged with treason which is punishable by death.

They urged Raila to read the Bible he was given by supporters and be guided by the truth that the Government is stable under the leadership of Uhuru who was elected in the October repeat election.

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