Karuri Primary School headteacher has been summoned by police to explain how two rival political parties Jubilee and UDA were issued with the same permits to hold their homestretch rallies on the same ground ahead of the Kiambaa by-election.
Kiambu police commander Ali Nuno said Daniel Oleneya had granted official permission to the two groups, a move that prompted the authorities to cancel both rallies to avoid violent confrontation between supporters
“We have summoned the headteacher of Karuri Primary School, one Daniel Oleneya so that he can explain the logic used to book one venue for two events at the same time,” Nuno said as quoted by the Daily Nation.
UDA, a political party heavily linked to Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto had booked Karuri playground for a football tournament that was scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 11.
Ruling party Jubilee was on the other hand been given permission to use the same venue to campaign for the party’s candidate ahead of the July 15 by-election.
UDA supporters suspect that cancellation of both events from using the platform after Jubilee’s approval to use the stadium when they were the first to book the venue could be a plot by the Kiambu county government to humiliate their loyal supporters in an attempt to stop their campaign.
“This is governor’s plan to humiliate our loyal supporters in an attempt to stop our campaign, but we will not let the ground be used by our opponents”, UDA Karuri Ward chief campaigner Eric Mutura said.
Police however dismissed the allegations saying they could not let two rivals be on the same ground as it would automatically turn chaotic.
“And because both parties claim to be having valid permits, no one will use this playground for the sake of peace and harmony,” the police boss said.
Last week, Jubilee party candidate for Kiambaa Karanja Kariri received a huge boost after UDA chief campaigner Raymond Kuria threw his weight behind Njama just days to the by-election.