Police Withdraw From Jacaranda Grounds Amid Standoff Over Kenya Kwanza, Azimio Rallies

Police officers have been withdrawn from the Jacaranda grounds in Nairobi after sealing the venue on Sunday morning to avert a clash over Kenya Kwanza and Azimio la Umoja coalition rallies. 

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The two coalitions claimed to have booked the venue to hold their rallies, leading to police officers taking over the grounds on Sunday morning. 

According to the police, all events set to be held at the premise on Sunday were halted, due to what they termed as security reasons.

Kenya Kwanza had reportedly booked the venue on the same date as the Azimio camp. 

Deputy president William Ruto had earlier insisted on his attendance, ordering his supporters to avail themselves at the venue for their rally. 

“The Kenya Kwanza fraternity and the entire hustler nation wishes a blessed Sunday to all na tukutane Jacaranda after church,” said DP Ruto in a tweet.

At the same time, Embakasi East Babu Owino who is affiliated to the Azimio pact, confirmed in a letter that he had booked the venue for a similar agenda to Kenya Kwanza’s. 

“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,” stated Babu in a letter to the Embakasi police boss. 

On his part, ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna said both events had been cancelled due to double booking. 

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