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Jubilee want no links to Saba Saba

04 July 2014, 12:46 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The National Assembly’s Majority Leader, Aden Duale has confirmed that the Jubilee Alliance has not reserved Uhuru Park for any political function on July 7 as earlier reported by the media.

Duale said the ruling coalition is only aware of an interdenominational prayer function to be held at the venue on July 5 where Jubilee has been invited to take part ahead of the opposition’s scheduled Saba Saba rally.

“For the avoidance of misunderstanding, I confirm that neither the Jubilee Alliance nor any of its affiliates has made any reservation of the Park on that day,” said Duale.

“The only event we are aware of is the interdenominational prayers to be held on Saturday July 5,” he added.

Nairobi County Governor, Evans Kidero also confirmed Thursday that the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) is the only party licensed to use the venue on July 7.

The anticipated Saba Saba rally has attracted mixed reactions from diverse social groups with the civil society, the international core and religious leaders calling for national dialogue between the government and the opposition on challenges facing the country, with CORD pushing for the rally if the ruling coalition defies dialogue.

The planned Saba Saba rally has caused tension in the country and it has been reported that a certain community is fleeing Naivasha, the region mostly affected by the 2007-2008 post-election violence.

The Deputy President, William Ruto has cautioned political leaders against making inciting remarks that might lead to conflicts and tribal divisions in the country in their scheduled rally.

CORD leaders on Wednesday confirmed that the Inspector General of Police, David Kimaiyo had permitted the rally to go on and assured them of tight security to curb any chaotic incidents or attacks.  

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