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Anxiety as Nasa set to unveil flag-bearer at Uhuru Park

The rally where the Nasa presidential candidate will be unveiled at Uhuru Park on Thursday is expected to draw at least a million people from Kenya and beyond, members of the coalition’s second biggest committee has said.

Three of the five co-chairmen of the National Super Alliance (Nasa) Coordinating Committee yesterday told journalists that the function will be a “major” event that will change Kenya’s history.

Tongaren MP Eseli Simiyu (Ford Kenya), Nambale MP Sakwa Bunyasi (Amani National Congress) and Isiolo Deputy Governor Mohamed Guleid (Chama cha Mashinani) also called on Kenyans to turn up in numbers.

“We have come to inspect the grounds where we will have this major event tomorrow, for tomorrow’s is really a major event. We are expecting over a million people at these grounds tomorrow,” Dr Simiyu said.


He added that many Kenyans were by Wednesday travelling to Nairobi by road attend the unveiling of the Nasa presidential candidate.

“There are people coming to Nairobi with buses. Some are now driving on the way to come and witness this major event tomorrow, which is the beginning of a major change in the way this country has been run as we count down to August 8 when we will take over government and bring the change that Kenyans have desired all this time,” he said.

“We have dignitaries coming from all over the world, within Africa and beyond, and we have dignitaries also coming from international organisations to attend this major political event of the year and of the decade I would say, in Kenya,” added Dr Simiyu.

Mr Bunyasi said whatever happens today will be written in Kenya’s history books.

“Tomorrow will be a game-changer indeed and we are all very hopeful. So I hope everybody out there will turn up tomorrow at Uhuru Park. We expect to raise at least a million people in these grounds; so it will be indeed historic,” he said.


Mr Guleid noted: “I want to join my colleagues to welcome all Kenyans to come and witness this historical event when the Nasa alliance is going to declare the flag-bearer that shall unite the rest of Kenyans into unity and a government that shall be inclusive of all the people of the republic of Kenya.”

The other two co-chairs in the coordinating committee, ODM’s James Orengo and Wiper’s Johnson Muthama, were absent in the 4.40pm media briefing and Mr Bunyasi said they were away on “other business”.

“They will be arriving a bit later,” said Mr Bunyasi.


Asked whether they were privy to what the Nasa principals were discussing, the three co-chairs were mum.

“What’s happening among the principals is within the principals,” said Dr Simiyu.

Questioned on whether they had a clue on who the principal could be, Mr Guleid answered: “You’ll get the result tomorrow. Be patient. Just a few hours from now.”

At the main Uhuru Park dais, some foremen were repainting the grandstand when the co-principals arrived.