Tension is building up in parts of the country as Monday Saba Saba day, the day set for the rally called by Cord to push the government to accept talks draws closer.
According to an article published in the Daily Nation, In Naivasha, some families fled their homes fearing for their safety after hate leaflets were circulated in the town.
And in Kisumu, where Cord is to hold a meeting on Saturday, business people were apprehensive and said they would not stock up for the weekend shopping.
According to the article, On Wednesday, Kisumu traders expressed discomfort over the rally planned there for the weekend.The traders say they are reluctant to add more stocks in their shops because they are uncertain about the aftermath of the Saba Saba rallies which are expected to culminate in Nairobi on Monday.
Fresh in their minds was the devastation and looting that the city suffered in 2007-2008 during the post-election violence.
The business people asked Cord to consider the consequences of the demonstrations on businesses in the town.
So here is the question, how peaceful will be the rallies?
On Wednesday, Deputy President William Ruto in an interview with Citizen Tv said Cord is free to hold its Saba Saba rally on Monday, but warned against statements that could plunge the country into chaos.
He went further to ask the Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo to provide adequate security.
Well, all we are going to do is develop a wait and see attitude and hope the day is going to be as peaceful as any other day.
The police have assured us of assured city residents of adequate security However, Cord should ensure law and order is maintained at the venues. Kenyans want peace and we should not let this day plunge us into a state that will leave us where we were back in 2007/08.