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Cord slapped with Sh250k bill for unauthorized use of Uhuru Park

Nairobi City Council is demanding Sh250,000 from opposition alliance Cord for using Uhuru Park to hold a political rally on Monday without obtaining clearance.

A letter dated June 7, 2016 and addressed to Cord’s Chief Executive Officer, Norman Magaya, states that the authority for use of Uhuru Park Grounds should be subject to settlement of requisite fee to the Nairobi County Government.

“It has come to my attention that Cord held a rally on the same spot on Monday 6th June 2016 without clearance from the county. I would appreciate if you could kindly make the necessary arrangements to settle the outstanding bill of Sh250,000 by Thursday 9th June 2016,” the letter, signed by County Secretary, Dr Robert Ayisi further states.

Monday’s demonstration in Nairobi, which were largely peaceful, saw Cord leaders and their followers converging at Uhuru Park for an impromptu rally during which Cord leader, Mr Raila Odinga, briefly addressed the crowd.

Cord has been holding demonstrations every Monday to push for the removal from office of officials of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ahead of next year’s General Election.