Police on Sunday morning had to seal off The Jacaranda Grounds in Nairobi to avert a clash between Azimio and the Kenya Kwanza supporters. The both political factions claimed to have booked the venue for rallies, same day. Anti-riot police moved with speed to block any attempts by supporters from accessing the venue.
Deputy President William Ruto who was expected to lead the Kenya Kwanza brigade for a rally at the venue has seemed to insinuate that would still attend. "The Kenya Kwanza fraternity and the entire hustler nation wishes a blessed Sunday to all na tukutane Jacaranda after church," the DP tweeted Sunday morning.
On the other hand, Embakasi East MP Babu Owino had insisted that he had booked the same venue for a rally, leading to the police move to cancel the two events to avert possible chaos. Mr Owino said he had booked the venue through a letter dated June 15.
"I write to inform you that I will be having a function at the Jacaranda grounds this coming Sunday from 10am to 5pm. I have been mobilizing members of the public to attend the event through social media and I have information that an opportunistic outfit allied to Tanga Tanga leader Ruto are also claiming that they want to hold a political event at the same venue on the same date and time," the letter to Embakasi police boss reads in part.
As at the time of going to press, it was still uncertain if any of the factions would be allowed in.