Police have arrested 11 suspects for trying to smuggle in crude weapons into Uhuru Park ahead of Cord’s Madaraka celebration.
Kilimani OCPD Peter Katam said the suspects were found with weapons including pangas and rungus while being body-searched on their way in. Polce say they have marched them to the station for questioning.
Security has also been beefed up at the location in the wake of violent protests by the Opposition for the IEBC to be kicked out
High Court granted Opposition the right to hold the parallel celebration at the park on Tuesday but warned against disrespecting people’s rights and sparking off of violence.
Justice George Odunga also ordered police to provide security during, before, and after the rally. This was after the government banned it from entering in the venue.
Government spokesman Eric Kiraithe the National Security Advisory Committee came up with the decision to ban the rally over security threats.
Meanwhile, president Uhuru and DP William Ruto reserved seats for Cord leaders at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru where the President will attend Madaraka Day celebrations on Wednesday. Among these seats are those for Cord co-principals Raila Odinga and Moses Wetang’ula (Bungoma Senator).
They invited the opposition leaders on Tuesday during a meeting at the State House. In the meeting, all the political leaders put behind their political rivalry, and chatted heartily like good old friends.
An incident which was very remarkable was how William Ruto saluted his political ally turned rival – Raila Odinga. After addressing Wetangula by his first name, the DP had a different salutation when he reached the former prime minister.
“How are you boss, habari gani?” said Ruto as he shook Raila’s hand.
It was also alleged that during the meeting, Opposition leaders accepted the invitation but insisted the Uhuru Park rally must go on.
However, Opposition leaders are expected to attend parallel 53rd Madaraka celebration at Uhuru Park in Nairobi.
Guests including politician Koigi wa Wamwere have arrived at Afraha Stadium. They were greeted with colourful displays including performances by the Maroon Commandos.
Police security have been tightened at the two venues.