Uhuru Park grounds will remain closed from Thursday ahead of next week’s Mashujaa Day celebrations.
Nairobi acting county secretary Leboo Ole Motintat in a public notice said preparations for the national holiday have been going on at the grounds for weeks.
“To facilitate continuation of these meticulous efforts, the ground has been closed for the General Public Use from today 12th October 2017, until after the celebrations,” read the notice in part.
The announcement comes hours to the planned demonstrations by Nasa that were set to start on Friday morning at Uhuru Park.
Siaya Senator James Orengo even renamed the grounds saying their supporters will meet at “Raila Odinga Park” on Friday morning.
Interior cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i on Thursday banned demonstrations within the Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu central business districts.
The ban he said was informed by the destruction of property, including vehicles and looting in businesses, that was witnessed in Nairobi’s CBD on Monday and Wednesday.
ODM Communication Director Philip Etale reacted to the news in a tweet.
Public Order Act cannot OVERRIDE the Constitution which is SUPREME.
— Philip Etale (@EtalePhilip) October 12, 2017