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Showdown looms after Jubilee, ODM book same venue for Sunday rally

A major political showdown is looming in Mathare Constituency pitting the newly launched Jubilee Party and opposition outfit the Orange Democratic Party (ODM) following plans by the two parties to hold parellel rallies in the area on Sunday.

According to a letter written to the Inspector General of Police by Mathare MP, Stephen Kariuki, the leaders will inspect development projects and later hold a rally in the area.

“The purpose of this letter is to inform your office of a planned development project inspection tour and culminating in a mass civic education rally in our beloved Mathare Constituency on Sunday 18th September 2016,” read the latter in part.

However, Nairobi governor, Evans Kidero, says the ODM rally scheduled for Huruma grounds in Mathare constituency on Sunday will go on as scheduled despite plans by Mr Kariuki to hold a Jubilee event at the same venue and day.

VENUE BOOKED

“The grounds belong to the county government and it us who have booked it for that day. Our rally will go on,” said Dr Kidero who was flanked by Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati and his Ruaraka counterpart Tom Kajwang.

The opposition party will meet delegates and have a series on roadshows within the city that will end in a rally at the same constituency.

“This is to inform your good office of my intention to visit Nairobi City County for a delegates’ forum and a series of roadshows culmination in a public rally in Mathare Constituency on Sunday September 18th 2016,” a letter written by Mombasa Governor and Deputy ODM party leader Hassan Joho to Dr Kidero reads in part.

The two letters from Jubilee Party and ODM are both dated September 11 but addressed to different offices.

Mathare MP Kariuki was in 2013 elected on an ODM ticket but defected to Jubilee officially during the party’s weekend launch.