UPDATE Sunday June 19: Police shut down Jacaranda Grounds to avoid a simmering clash between Azimio and Kenya Kwanza supporters.
Politicians from both factions had claimed to have booked the venue, leading to a double booking forcing the police to intervene.
DP William Ruto, however, insists he will attend the venue for a rally after church.
There is confusion over whether Vice President William Ruto’s rally at the Jacaranda Grounds in Nairobi will take place on Sunday June 19.
In a statement, the DP said the planned mega-rally in Embakasi East was still ongoing, with reports that police had cordoned off the site.
“Kenya Kwanza fraternity and the whole hustler nation wishes everyone a blessed Sunday na tukutane (and meet at) Jacaranda after church,” the DP said.
The confusion began on the night of Saturday June 18 when Embakasi East MP Babu Owino, affiliated with Azimio la Umoja, announced that his event had been cancelled. Owino had also booked the venue for his own function.
Vice President William Ruto (left), ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi (center) and Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja in Kenya’s Bomas on January 23, 2022
“We have decided to cancel tomorrow’s scheduled gathering at Jacaranda Grounds. People should go about their normal business,” he said.
Later, he admitted that he abandoned the place because of his love for peace.
“I had booked Jacaranda Grounds for my reception today and informed the police while Ruto booked the same venue on the same day…I have full rights to use this ground today but let my people stay at home because we love peace,” he said. Explain.
Ruto’s digital strategist, Dennis Itumbi, shared a photo on Sunday morning showing that a contingent of police had been deployed to the scene as early as 4 a.m.
Itumbi revealed that officers initially disrupted Kenya Kwanza’s plan to set up a stage to facilitate her speakers.
“At 4 a.m., the losing team of Deep State and System who are aiding Azimio in their campaigns decided to use guns, strength, and (chest).
“They stopped building our stage at Jacaranda Grounds. Why? Because Sakaja can’t be governor and William Ruto shouldn’t be president,” he said.
The presence of police has also rubbed Kenya Kwanza leaders the wrong way, with some saying it was a waste of public funds.
“The misuse of security organs is a threat to all nations on this planet. Let us not remain silent as some individuals work hard to restrict our freedoms of association – It is our constitutional right,” Waruguru said.
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