A stand-off looms between security agents and Kenya Kwanza Alliance brigade over a planned rally in Nairobi’s Jacaranda Grounds.
This comes after authorities announced that the event will be canceled due to “security concerns.”
Police were deployed to the field early Sunday morning and prevented the organizers from conducting any activities.
In a show of defiance, Deputy President William Ruto, who also happens to be the head of Kenya Kwanza, instructed his followers to gather at the grounds.
“The Kenya Kwanza fraternity and the entire Hustler Nation wishes a blessed Sunday to all na tukutane Jacaranda after church,” he said in posts on his social media accounts.
He learned that scores of armed police officers had shut off the ground just after 9 a.m.
The rally’s organizers have been unable to construct a stand on which to host the event.
The event had been promoted by a number of people, including Nairobi gubernatorial candidate Johnson Sakaja, who hoped to use it as a springboard for his ambition to become the county’s next leader.
At around 4 a.m., anti-riot police were deployed to the area and stopped anyone trying to access.
Those who attempted to construct a stand to serve as a VIP area were turned away.