Police bar Jubilee from conducting parallel rally at Mvita grounds
Police in Mombasa have barred Jubilee from conducting a parallel rally at Mvita grounds to counter Tononoka rally which is organised by ODM party.
Mombasa Police Commander Petterson Maelo said that police were only aware of the ODM rally at Tononoka on Sunday afternoon and had no information on Jubilee rally at Mvita grounds, only four kilometres from Tononoka.
Maelo’s comments have quelled the political heat that was already rising in Mombasa as residents had expressed fears that there could be chaos during the two rallies.
However, Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho had said on Friday that ODM was happy to have their opponents organise a parallel rally.
Joho said that by organising a parallel rally in Mombasa, Jubilee will make ODM weigh who is stronger in the region.
While addressing the press at Tononoka grounds after leading ODM leaders to inspect the rally venue, Joho said that the government wanted to use police officers to victimize the opposition but urged the opposition to remain strong and vigilant.
“They barred us from conducting our rally at Mvita grounds on March 12th because the President was leading another Jubilee rally at Tononoka grounds, and we did not disrupt their meeting,” added Joho.
He said that they were first issued with a permit from the Makupa police station only to be told that day that their meeting could not proceed because police were not aware.
Earlier, Suleiman Shahbal who is seeking to unseat Joho on a Jubilee ticket said that they were planning a major rally at Mvita grounds though no national leader was going to attend.
Shahbal however said that DP William Ruto was expected in the Sunday rally in Malindi.