National Super Alliance (NASA) says it will proceed with a one million-man grand welcome of its leader Raila Odinga at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Friday despite a warning by Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet.
In a statement on Wednesday, the IG warned opposition supporters against entering the country's largest airport, citing breach of security.
"JKIA is a protected area hence access is open to bonafide travelers and all others with legitimate business at the airport who must be subjected at all times to the standard security measures. It is therefore not advisable to mobilise huge crowds to travel to that facility as it risks jeopardising the safety of air operators, passengers and other airport users," read the statement from IG.
However, in a quick rejoinder, NASA dismissed the warning by the police boss, stating that their leaders and supporters have s valid reason to enter the airport.
“Our clients have noted the content of a public statement purportedly issued by your office and wish to state that access to the airport to receive persons and more so national heroes and/or leaders is indeed a valid reason to enter and constitute legitimate business at the airport so that your officers would have no right to deny anyone entry,” NASA said in a response letter to Boinnet.
After being received at the airport, Raila and other NASA leaders will troop to Uhuru Park where they will address a rally.
“On that day, there will only be four cars for Raila, Kalonzo, Mudavadi and Wetang’ula. All of us will walk from the airport to Uhuru Park,” former Machakos senator Johnstone Muthama said on Sunday.