Business as usual on Saba Saba day
Business operations across the country went on smoothly without a hitch ahead of the Saba Saba rally with heavy presence of security officers to maintain calm.
The presence of armed security officers patrolling Naivasha town which had been identified as a hot spot ensured the smooth running of businesses despite fears of chaos.
Schools and government offices remained open as locals ignored calls to boycott work for the Saba Saba rally.
A spot check established that the town was calm and most business premises were operating normally. Most of those interviewed said they were not anticipating anything out of the ordinary and they did not see the need to stay at home.
“I am not foreseeing any trouble because the opposition meeting has nothing to do with my business. However incase of anything, am sure the security officers are on high alert”, said Henry Githaiga a Naivasha resident and a hotel owner.
There was a heavy presence of security personnel patrolling the area to ensure that no criminal elements disrupt peace in the town and its environs. In Garissa sub county commissioner Dominic Musyoka Kyenza assured residents of security during the time of the rally.
It was the same in Eldoret town and its environs as area residents including traders and civil servants ignored calls for a Saba Saba holiday announced by CORD Coalition. Security was beefed to counter any possible chaos. In Narok business operation continued with no hiccups as leaders called on residents to maintain peace.
In Kisumu however, despite the heavy security presence, most business premises were closed for the day. Shops in the city remained closed except for some supermarkets and banks as business operators feared looting.
Security was mainly tightened in hot spots areas including Kondele, Manyatta and Kachok areas.
A spot check in schools revealed that although teachers had reported to work, most parents feared sending their children out to school.