Political face-off averted in Mathare

By Samson Kitavi.

An imminent political showdown between jubilee and CORD over the use of Huruma grounds in Mathare to hold rallies has been averted at the last minute.

It would have been a show of political might between supporters of the Orange Democratic Party ODM and those of Mathare MP Stephen Kariuki if both sides had maintained their hard stance and met at Huruma grounds in Mathare on Sunday.

Both sides had remained defiant as late as 6 pm this evening vowing to hold their ralllies at the same venue.

But it appears Jubilee had a last minute change of heart and opted to seek an alternative venue to avert a possible confrontation.

Legislators affiliated to the newly launched jubilee party vowing to support their course in the wake of sustained pressure from the opposition.

Inspector General of police Joseph Bonett however says his officers will be ready to maintain law and order in spite of the party who reserves the right to hold their rally at the said venue.

The standoff has elicited varied reactions with Nyamira senator Mong’are Okong’o terming the current political showdown a recipe for chaos.

Elsewhere, Kakamega Senator Bonnie Khalwale says there should be no panic over the date of the next general election saying it will be conducted as per the constitutional schedule.

Speaking to sugar farmers at Mumias cultural centre during an event to popularize his Kakamega gubernatorial bid, Khalwale said the timeline for the electoral reforms proposals was on course.

This as a survey released by the Centre for African Progress gave President Uhuru Kenyatta an edge over his political rivals with a popularity rating of 50.2% with his closest rival CORD leader Raila Odinga commanding a popularity rating of 40.6% if elections were to be held today.

Mike Sonko according to the survey remains the favorite for the Nairobi gubernatorial race with a 36% popularity  while the incumbent governor Evans Kidero has an approval rating of 25%.






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