Raila asks for calm, peace, unity ahead of rally
30 May 2014, 13:05
Nairobi - CORD leader Raila Odinga has asked for peace and calm from his supporters as plans continue for the mega rally planned to mark his arrival from the US.
Odinga will arrive back in the country Saturday from a two month long visit to the United States of America.
CORD have planned a major rally at Nairobi's Uhuru park to mark his arrival and with the government offering their reservations over the rally due to security reasons, Odinga has moved to quell any perceived notion of trouble on the day.
" I would like to thank my supporters in advance for choosing to attend the rally but ask that they maintain peace and unity, as well as respect those who will be running their businesses as normal and as well try maintain the rule of law, he said in a statement.
He also asked all those who would speak at the rally to be cautious with their statements and not put the country at risk of anarchy.
" I would also like to ask the speakers to choose what words to say and speak responsibly, he added.
He did also ask that the police provide useful security, hoping that they handle potential situations in the right manner so as not to cause chaos.
" I urge the police to provide adequate security and that they act in the right manner, not to cause harm to anyone and tackle issues that come forth in the correct way, he added.
He finished by asking his supporters not to go to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to receive him, asking that they instead converge at Uhuru Park.
Thousands are expected to attend the rally, with close to 1,000 police also penned in to take care of the day's proceedings.
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