Uhuru Park is a no-go zone for NASA says police

Nairobi County Police Commander Japheth Koome has warned NASA or any other grouping from making entry into Uhuru Parks grounds lest they face the full of force law.

Koome says the tug of war on who should use the park between NASA and the amorphous Nairobi Business Community are tell-tale signs of looming confrontations if police officers do not swiftly intervene.

Addressing journalists on Sunday, Koome says the police are obligated to maintain law and order within the city and will firmly deal with any rogue element.

He said his office had not received any formal notice from the coalition or any other group.

NASA leaders while speaking in Homa Bay over the weekend maintained the planned swearing in of Raila Odinga will still go on as planned on Tuesday, in the country’s capital Nairobi.

“Neither NASA nor any other grouping has notified police of their intention to use Uhuru Park,” said Koome.

The County Government of Nairobi last Wednesday indefinitely closed down Uhuru Park Grounds for renovations.

Koome gave the warning even as Deputy President William Ruto dismissed the much touted swearing in of NASA leader Raila Odinga set for this Tuesday as political gimmicks.

Political theatrics

Ruto says the government is firmly fixed on its development agenda and will deliver services to all Kenyans.

Ruto who spoke while attending a church service in Nairobi’s Buruburu Estate Sunday, the duo are simply engaging in political theatrics.

The DP is instead calling on NASA and its leadership to desist from the raising political temperatures citing the conclusion of the electioneering period in October last year.

According to him, the government will in no way be deterred in focusing on its development agenda and delivering on its pre-election pledges through such theatrics.

He said: “We have had one year deciding who will be Member of Parliament who will be President and so on, it’s now time to serve Kenyans. I want to assure you that our goal is to transform the lives of Kenyans through the development agenda we have.”

Taita Taveta Governor Granton Samboja (Nasa) and Redeemed Gospel church Archbishop Arthur Gitonga said elections were over and Kenya did not want to witness chaos or bloodshed but harmony and development.

The leaders said the purported swearing in of Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka was a ploy by Nasa leaders to cause chaos and sabotage the economy.

They said issues of electoral justice were determined and settled by the Supreme Court while Kenyans ultimately elected President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, Mr Samboja MPs Kimani Ichung’wa (Kikuyu), Maina Kamanda(nominated), Charles Jaguar Kanyi (Starehe), Benjamin Mwangi ( Embakasi Central) Charles Gakuya (Embakasi North) and Simon Mbugua (EALA) asked police to protect Nairobi residents and property from Nasa hooligans.

They said the Constitution was very clear on how to elect and install a leader.

Mr Sonko said “The people of Nairobi are Peace loving. We know there are some leaders who want to export violence to the city to disturb our unity and destroy our business”.

He said police should not allow any violence to be visited to the city.










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