Sonko Shuts Down Uhuru Park Ahead of Swearing-In

  • Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has ordered the temporary closure of Uhuru Park to the public from January 23rd.

    In an advertisement published in local dailies on Wednesday, County Secretary Leboo Ole Morintat wrote that the closure was meant to allow for 'phased improvement works in order to enhance recreational usefulness to its visitors'.

    He further stated that the declaration would be in place until further notice.

    The inauguration of National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga as the People's President had been scheduled to take place on January 30th at Uhuru Park.

    However, it emerged that the Nairobi Business Community group had already applied to the county to use the venue on the same day.

    [caption caption="The notice from Governor Sonko's office"][/caption]

    Led by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria and Chairman Wilfred Kamau, the group announced that it would conduct a free medical camp at the venue.

    In their own words, the camp 'would target street boys who wish to get circumcised and will not pay for the minor surgery'.

    NASA has, however, since divulged that they expected the Government to cordon off Uhuru Park in anticipation of the event.

    Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Communications Director Philip Etale stated that Uhuru Park had been NASA's fifth preferred venue.

    Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi stated:“Our communication in Mombasa on Sunday was clear. As long as there is no contrary message, the swearing in is on."

    [caption caption="A past NASA rally at Uhuru Park"][/caption]