Raila appeals for peace at Uhuru Park rally


Cord coalition leader Raila Odinga Friday appealed to his supporters to remain peaceful as they prepare to welcome him on Saturday.

Mr Odinga urged that they exercise restraint and remain peaceful before and after the Cord rally that will be held at Uhuru Park.

He also reminded supporters that due to current security and logistical challenges, they must keep off the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

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“This will ensure there are no travel inconveniences to others who will be using the airport,” he said.

The former Prime Minister is expected back in the country after his three months stay in the US and is set to address a rally at Uhuru Park.

In a press statement, the Cord leader also appealed to security officials to exercise professionalism while ensuring peace and security during the event.

“It is extremely important that supporters maintain peace, respect the rights of others in the city who will not be attending the rally and observe the rule of law,” said Mr Odinga.

Mr Odinga also appealed to leaders who will be attending the rally to take it upon themselves to heal the nation.

The arrival of the former Prime Minister has been marred by expectations from supporters with an influx of those planning to attend the rally arriving in the city.

This comes days after the Inspector General David Kimaiyo allowed the coalition to hold the rally at Uhuru Park and lifted the earlier ban to all political rallies.

Inspector General David Kimaiyo had come under intense criticism from the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord), which accused him of being used by the Jubilee Government to re-introduce dictatorship.

Cord supporters have taken to social media to welcome the coalition leader updating him of what has been happening in the country.

Through hashtag #Babawhileyouwere away that has been trending since Tuesday, Kenyanstweeted hilarious events that have occurred in the country for the three months Mr Odinga has been away.


Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga. PHOTO | FILE

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