4 July 2014

Kenya: Cord Leaders to Be Liable for Any Saba Saba Chaos

Photo: Jack Owuor/The Star
Opposition leader Raila Odinga (left) with President Uhuru Kenyatta share a light moment (file photo).

Nairobi — The High Court has directed that Opposition leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula be held personally liable in case of any violence and destruction of property during Monday's Saba Saba rally.

The court has also outlawed any mass action on that day.

Justice Isaac Lenaola further ruled that July 7 is not a public holiday and any such call by the Opposition leaders is null and void. Opposition leader Raila Odinga had declared Saba Saba day a public holiday as CORD holds a major rally at Uhuru Park.

Lenaola gave the green light for the rally to proceed on condition that the participants are not armed in any manner and the politicians should not incite or use inflammatory rhetoric and should not disrupt any business of the day or public members who will not be participating.

The order follows a case lodged by Nairobi County Senator Mike Sonko.

Sonko had sought orders to stop rallies planned by CORD and the Jubilee coalition, expressing fears that the political animosity witnessed was likely to spread more divisions.

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