The Azimio One Kenya Coalition leader Raila Odinga is today expected in Narok to foment the ground in push for anti-government mass protests and product boycotts a day after kick starting the mass movement in Migori county yesterday.
The culmination of countrywide protests will be announced on March 20, 2023 when they Azimio brigade is scheduled to hold a mass rally in Nairobi.
“We had demanded three things that we wanted addressed within two weeks. They included bringing down the cost of living after withdrawal of the subsidies programme, electoral justice and the involvement of all stakeholders in the reconstitution of IEBC. These demands have not been responded to…We will release a list of products and companies used by this illegitimate regime.” Raila said yesterday while in Migori.
And while he was rallying his troops to back the nationwide protests, in Migori, business was temporarily paralysed in several towns in Nyanza and Western as his supporters took to the streets to protest over the high cost of living.
There were protests in Kisumu, Luanda, Mbale and Vihiga towns with residents calling for the lowering of the cost of living which they claimed has brought horror to their lives.
In Migori, Raila led the Azimio brigade to a rally where they launched scathing attacks on the Kenya Kwanza administration and claimed their resolve to push Ruto’s administration out of government is on course.
“On March 20, we have a date with destiny in Nairobi, on that day our supporters from across the country will stage peaceful protests in Nairobi against this illegitimate regime,” he said.
However, President William Ruto has been categorical telling off the opposition leader that the government will not entertain any unlawful acts.
Instead, the president has challenged the opposition to use the legal means to address the issues and hold the government accountable as opposed to extra-constitutional means.
Similalrly, Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki has warned those who will attempt to gain access to protected zones including police stations and government offices will be dealt with firmly.
Raila has told his supporters that they will use peaceful picketing, peaceful demonstrations, sit-ins around government offices and product boycotts to address the plight of Kenyans.