Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo hurriedly lifted its earlier decision to ban all political rallies which the opposition CORD had already rejected as an attempt by the government to scuttle the planned reception of CORD leader Raila Odinga who will be returning in the country after a 2-month sabbatical in the US.
Odinga is expected to arrive in Nairobi to a mammoth crowd on Saturday, a day to Madaraka Day celebrations.
While the police had banned all political gatherings in Nairobi, a late night decision to rescind the decision seemed to have been arrived at when they realized Odinga’s supporters would still go ahead and defy the ban. Kimaiyo then issued another directive, allowing rallies but with a rider – undertake them far away from Madaraka Day Venues.
â€œWe can allow them to hold rallies outside these areas we are planning these functions.We are just saying that rallies can continue as long as they donâ€™t interfere with preparations of 1st (of June), that is the Madaraka Day. You cannot go and hold a rally next to where celebrations are being heldâ€ he said.