Jubilee, CORD lock horns over Uhuru park venue

By Mary Daraja

Jubilee and CORD coalitions are both claiming Uhuru Park for their planned rallies on Monday. Representative from the rival coalitions inspected the same venue Wednesday morning for their Monday rallies.

First to arrive at Uhuru Park grounds were Former Embakasi MP Ferdinand Waititu and TNA candidate for the Gatundu South by-election Moses Kuria.

The two told waiting journalists at Uhuru Park that Nairobi County office allegedly allocated them Uhuru Park on June 9th to hold a Mavuno Youth event.

Waititu produced copies of licences allegedly permitting them the use of Uhuru Park. They claimed to have paid 50, 000 shillings for the venue.

They blamed Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero for awarding two licences for different rallies at the same venue.

Moments after the two left, CORD Principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula and a host of other leaders arrived at Uhuru Park grounds to inspect it.

In a statement read by Wetangula, the CORD leaders said they paid 250, 000 shillings to secure the venue.

They added that they have the Inspector General of Police’s assurance that there will be no parallel rally at the venue.

However, Nairobi Governor has clarified that Uhuru Park is reserved by the CORD Coalition for use on Monday.

Elsewhere, Tana River Governor Hussein Dado is opposed to the planned CORD Saba Saba rally scheduled for Monday, July 7th.

The Tana River Governor who is a Wiper party Member says while he supports the need for unconditional and all-inclusive national dialogue, he is opposed to the manner in which CORD aims to achieve its plan.

CORD has insisted it will soldier on with the planned rallies aimed at putting pressure on the Jubilee administration to accede to its demands for a national dialogue.

The governor of the county that witnessed horrendous attacks in the run up to the 2013 general election insists the rallies are coming at a most wrong time.

Dado asked local residents to shun the calls by CORD.