CORD Insists To Hold Madaraka Day Commemoration Despite Warnings
After government ban on Cord’s Madaraka Day commemoration set to run in parallel with the official one, opposition has threatened that it will hold demonstrations in Nairobi on Wednesday during Madaraka Day celebrations.
The coalition said they want to use the venue to hold a different rally, while President Uhuru Kenyatta leads Kenyans to mark the 53rd Madaraka Day in Nakuru County.
A section of ODM MPs have pledged their readiness to face the police head-on if they are not allowed to enter Uhuru Park.
Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati castigated threats by Interior CS Joseph Nkaisserry to detain Cord leaders who said they will break the order to stay away from Uhuru Park. The MP described CS as “part of a corrupt system” that should be kicked out. Arati said:
“On Wednesday you will see, if it is the street battles that Nkaisserry and the police want, we are very ready to go the the streets tomorrow to show our displeasure.”
“Uhuru Park is in my constituency and we will go there with all our supporters in Nairobi.”
ODM’s Director of Political Affairs Opiyo Wandayi confirmed that they have concluded their plans for Madaraka Day.
The Ugunja MP also said that the police should face the consequences that abound if in their course of their potential dispersal at Uhuru Park, the event turns bloody.
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Additionally, Kuresoi South MP Zakayo Cheruiyot accused Jubilee administration of perpetuating tribalism in public service and development.
Mr Cheruiyot added during a church function that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto had perfected the art of tribal appointments, where two tribes are taking the main positions in Government jobs.
The MP said the focus on employment in the country has been diverted and the situation now does not reflect the real face of Kenya. He said:
“The country is split along tribal lines and if it’s a crime for some of us to point out such underlying issues for the sake of the country, so be it. It’s also that high time the church must remain firm and speak the truth.”
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However, in the midst of the controversies, Nairobi county government has insisted that Cord has the rights to hold their meeting at Uhuru Park. CoG Chairman Peter Munya said it is upon any Kenyan to celebrate the day as they wish. Mr Munya said:
“The venue of celebration is not a big deal. Governors usually host more than 48 Madaraka Day celebrations throughout the country and as a national holiday, each Kenyan has a right to spend the day as they please.”
Munya was speaking in Nyeri County accompanied by governors Mwangi wa Iria (Murang’a) and John Mruttu (Taita Taveta). The Council of Governors (CoG) has asked the Government to allow Opposition leaders to celebrate Madaraka Day at Uhuru Park.
CORD has said that it will hold parallel Madaraka Day celebrations on Wednesday at Uhuru Park, Nairobi. President Uhuru Kenyatta will lead the State celebrations at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.