July 17, 2024

Looming demonstrations as Raila jets back

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Looming demonstrations as Raila jets back

Street demonstrations as Azimio leader Raila Odinga jets back into the country ahead of Kamukunji rally scheduled on Tuesday

Street demonstrations as Azimio leader Raila Odinga jets back into the country ahead of Kamukunji rally scheduled on Tuesday.

 A new wave of anti-government protests beckons as opposition leader Raila Odinga is expected to jet back into the country from a foreign trip to join his coalition partners for a major rally at Nairobi’s historic Kamukunji grounds on Tuesday. 

Azimio insiders according to reports revealed that the planned consultative rally could mark the resumption of street protests following the passage of controversial finance bill 2023.

The coalition’s urgency to resume anti-government protests was also necessitated by the collapse of the 14-member bipartisan talks. 

The talks collapsed after President William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza rejected opposition demands to suspend the recruitment of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioners for 30 days. 

Raila Odinga has been on a week-long trip to Poland where he attended a round table with other opposition leaders. 

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Before leaving the country, Raila had threatened unspeci´ed action if Ruto pushed through the 2023 Finance Bill, in which the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition has described several clauses on tax measures as punitive. 

He told his supporters to be on standby while declaring that “should Ruto overrun the National Assembly, we will regroup and overrun him in the wider National Assembly of the entire people of Kenya”. 

“We appeal to Kenyans to be on standby and to be vigilant. If they ram this down your throats, don’t give up, don’t surrender. Join us in the next course of action that we will communicate,” Mr Odinga said. 

The call for street protests comes even after previous demonstrations degenerated into bloody running battles between police and opposition supporters. 

In most cases, police have used excessive force to disperse demonstrators. 

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