UK High Commission urges expats to ‘plan accordingly’ ahead of NASA ‘swearing in’ at Uhuru Park

Nairobi from Uhuru Park
Nairobi as seen from Uhuru Park. Photo: Arthur Buliva (used under the Creative Commons licence)

The UK High Commission in Kenya has used its text alert system to warn expats in the country to ‘plan accordingly’ if they intend to be in the vicinity of Uhuru Park today.

Sent at 6.34pm on Monday, the message reads: “Opposition party NASA may convene supporters in/around Uhuru Park on 30 January. Crowds may build from 6am, causing traffic and disruption. Plan accordingly.”

The update comes ahead of plans by the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) to swear in leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka at the venue.

In a live interview on KTN News on Monday morning, NASA CEO Norman Magaya said they expected all their supporters to be seated at the historic ground by 8.30am and that the event is expected to conclude at exactly 1pm.

Deputy President William Ruto has urged the public to stay away from the NASA event, saying Kenyans had decided on their leaders in August and the focus should now be on development.

Envoys and other political leaders have also urged the Opposition to cancel its oath plans.