A fleet of 25 buses carrying supporters of the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) will leave Mombasa on Saturday morning for Nairobi, to attend the much anticipated rally by party leader Raila Odinga who is expected to arrive back in the country after being away for two months, the office of the Mombasa governor said on Friday.
The busses carrying supporters from across Mombasa will be joined by others from the other counties in Coast region and head to the capital, ready for rallies scheduled beginning tomorrow.
Raila who toured the USA and later Dubai, will be met at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport by top CORD leadership before his convoy proceeds to Uhuru park for the rally which has been predicted to be historic.
Thousands of other supporters from across the country will also be travelling to Nairobi for the rally that is set to be a security headache for police.
Kalonzo Musyoka, CORD co-principal, on Thursday urged supporters of the coalition to keep away from the airport and instead wait for the party leader and his entourage at Uhuru Park.
He also asked supporters to maintain peace and refrain from incidences that might put them into trouble with the law.
Controversy hit the organization of the rally earlier after the inspector general of police David Kimaiyo banned all public rallies and demonstrations citing security concerns.
Kimaiyo would later rescind the directive, even as CORD leaders vowed to defy and hold the rally as planned.
Police however cautioned CORD leadership against engaging in incitement and hate speech during the rally, and asked them to take charge of their supporters.
Raila’s return has created a buzz all over the country especially on social media with Kenyans creating what is now the most popular trend on tweeter, #BabaWhileYouWereAway, where they have satirised what happened while Odinga was out of the country.
Raila is expected to land at JKIA around 2pm, before heading straight to Uhuru Park.