Cord leader Raila Odinga has said planned parallel Madaraka Day celebrations at Uhuru Park will go on as scheduled Wednesday June 1.
This is despite pointers from police that the venue has already been booked for prayers by a church.
Speaking in Mombasa on Saturday during Governor’s Award Program hosted by county boss Hassan Joho, Raila said they will not be intimidated by police.
“We will go to Uhuru Park whether they like it or not,” Raila said.
The police, in a letter signed by Joseph Nasio on behalf of county commander Japheth Koome, declined Kanu’s request to use the venue on grounds that it had been booked for three days including June 1.
Kanu and Cord have been coalescing lately pointing to a likelihood that they will hold joint meetings at the grounds.
Raila on Saturday said the Jubilee government cannot lead the country with brutal force and likened them to warthogs in one of his famous parables.
“A warthog forgets every time. They have forgotten that the Nyayo regime tried this and failed. Jubilee will also fail,” the ODM party leader said.
He was referring to the use of force by police to silence Cord supporters.