Coalition for Reforms and Democracy,CORD ,has said it will proceed with the Madaraka Day celebrations at Uhuru Park, Nairobi, on Wednesday, even after a religious group booked the same venue. Prayers Beyond Boundaries based on Murang’a Road in Nairobi booked the venue for four days from June 1 to June 4 and paid Sh160,000.
Church founder Lucy Ngunjiri yesterday said: “I’m ready to share with the opposition some days within the period I have booked if they contact me. But it should not be the first of June since prayers have to come first.” She hosts Itaha Ria Muoyo gospel show on Kameme FM on Sundays. She said she booked the venue on May 10 before travelling to the UK.
“I have contacted the OCPD, the county government, as well as other relevant agencies and they [Cord] are allowed to attend as long as they stick to worship and prayers. I don’t want politics in my church,” Ngunjiri said. She said she learnt the opposition had planned to host Madaraka Day celebrations last Thursday after returning from the UK.
“I cannot afford a stadium since it is Sh400,000 per day. No one in Cord has contacted me,” Ngunjiri said. Cord leader Raila Odinga’s spokesman Dennis Onyango said the opposition is not interested in petty politics. He asked the government to remain focused on serving Kenyans without engaging in sideshows at the expense of the taxpayers’ interests.
“Cord will not participate in sideshows and games, but will continue to play its role to ensure the government delivers to her citizens,” Onyango said.
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