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Youth talk dialogue, not war at Saba Saba rally

07 July 2014, 15:53 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Youth at CORDs Saba Saba rally at the Uhuru Park in Nairobi are talking national dialogue and healing, not war.

On arrival at Uhuru Park, one is confronted by the huge presence of police in the area, as well as the huge crowd of CORD supporters, all waiting to hear from CORD luminaries.

They are a colourful bunch, some chanting football songs praising their beloved club Gor Mahia, while others are just quiet, waiting for proceedings to kick off.

The week preceding this rally has focused more on the fact that there will be death on Kenyan streets thanks to the Saba Saba rally.

Others have insisted that there is chaos on the way and trouble to come. It has been all about the violence.

Most though, insist that they just want a better Kenya.

Joash Oringo, a mechanic based in Limuru says he has attended the rally to drum up support for national dialogue as demanded by CORD.

" I am here to demand for dialogue because it is obvious that the country needs it, he says. The truth is that we are all peace loving Kenyans but want things done in the right way, he says.

William Obingo is a hawker from Ngara, he says that talk of violence has been propagated by the government.

" In my view the government has something to hide. They are the ones propagating violence.

" We are here as matter of right and have nothing to destroy. We are not harming anyone. We just want a better Kenya, he says.

And as CORD leaders start arriving, there are chants of 'Uhuru must go', as they ramp up the volume ahead of thew rally.

There are an estimated 15,000 policemen on watch in Nairobi for this event and for the majority, they have had little to do.

" It has been good so far. We hope it will start as it has and end like it has been so far, some policemen I talk to tell me.

From what CORD youth groups say though, there will be no need for force anyway.

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