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Why planned Raila oath taking ceremony is causing panic among city mothers

By NAIRA HABIB January 29th, 2018 1 min read

Many mothers in Nairobi are considering not allowing their children attend school on Tuesday for fear of possible chaos during the planned swearing in of Nasa leader Raila Odinga at Uhuru Park.

On Monday, the opposition coalition vowed to hold the exercise at all costs, even as the authorities warned of dire consequences for those who will attempt to congregate at the planned venue.

Nasa CEO Norman Magaya said all their supporters are expected to be seated at the historic ground by 8:30am in an event that is expected to end at exactly 1pm.

Most Nasa rallies have in the recent past been marred by running battles with police officers, which have often resulted in damage of properties, injuries and loss of life.


Perhaps this is why a number of city mothers on Monday camped in the popular Facebook group, ‘Chit Chat for Nairobi Mums’ to consult one another on how safe it would be to allow their children to attend school on Tuesday.

Here are some of their thoughts:

“Ooh aki siwezi risk wacha akae home,” said one group member.

“Mimi apana,” wrote another member.

“Mtoto si nguo utaomba mtu, mama,” commented one user.

“Give them a holiday..Don’t risk,” suggested another.

“Yes. kwani baba ataapishiwa pande gani?” asked one group member.