Kenya Kwanza Secures Court Order To Hold Last Rally At Nyayo Stadium

This follows a temporary order issued by High Court Judge Justice Joseph Sergon allowing the party to use the stadium for their final rally on August 6, 2022.

Kenya Kwanza presidential candidate William Ruto has obtained court orders allowing him to hold his final rally at Nyayo National Stadium.

This follows a temporary order issued by High Court Judge Justice Joseph Sergon allowing the party to use the stadium for their final rally on August 6, 2022.

The order prevented the government from withdrawing the premises from the party pending the outcome of an interpartes hearing in a suit filed by UDA Secretary General Veronica Maina.

“In the meantime, an interim order is granted suspending the implementation by the defendant/respondent by itself, its servants, employees, agents, successors, assignees or anyone acting or claiming through or under the defendant/respondent of the decision contained in the letter dated July 20, 2022 withdrawing the availability of the suit premises to the applicant on July 6, 2022 pending the interpartes hearing of the aforesaid motion,” reads in part the order.

Ms Maina had petitioned Sports Kenya under a certificate of urgency on August 1, 2022, over its decision to deny them access to Nyayo Stadium.

“I have considered the facts deponed in the affidavit sworn by Veronica Maina and filed in support of the motion dated August 1, 2022. I am convinced the aforesaid motion is urgent. The motion is fixed for interpartes hearing on August 3, 2022.”

Sports Kenya, as the defendant/respondent, was required to file and serve its responses by August 2, 2022.

Azimio and UDA were involved in a tug of war last month over the rights to use the iconic stadium for their final rally.

The two camps intended to end their months-long campaigns in the capital city, and they claim to have reserved Nyayo Stadium for a political meeting on August 6.

In a statement sent to newsrooms, Azimio Secretary General Junet Mohammed, who is also Suna East MP, said Mr Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua will hold their final rally in Nairobi, the same venue their archrival DP Ruto is claiming.

“The Azimio campaign team, led by Baba na Martha (Mr Odinga and Ms Karua), will hold its last official campaign meeting in Nairobi on August 6, 2022 at Nyayo Stadium,” said Mr Mohammed. 

“As the country approaches the general election in 20 days, the Azimio team wishes to thank all Kenyans of goodwill who have turned up in their millions all over the country at meetings, rallies, and in person in this historic journey to a fair, just, prosperous and inclusive nation,” said Mr Mohammed.

At the same time, DP Ruto’s team announced that they had reserved the same venue for their final rally on the same day (August 6).

“For your information and for the public record, the Nyayo National Stadium venue is already secured and fully booked by United Democratic Alliance (UDA)/Kenya Kwanza Alliance for August 6,” said Ms Maina.