Azimio leader Raila Odinga has announced the start of mass action against the Kenya Kwanza regime which he termed as illegitimate.
Speaking at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Foundation on Thursday, Raila said they have invoked the provisions of the Constitution to launch a massive peaceful movement of defiance against an illegal government.
The protests are to begin on March 20th in Nairobi.
“Take note that on the 20th of March 2023, we have a date with destiny in Nairobi. On that day our supporters throughout the country shall stage a massive procession in Nairobi for a legitimate and inclusive government. Save the date. We begin telling Ruto and Gachagua that we can’t keep living on false promises. We begin telling Ruto and Gachagua our clear understanding that when we keep taking painkillers long enough, they will cease killing the pain; and that is when the real pain will begin,” he said
Azimio’s 14-day ultimatum for the Kenya Kwanza government to lower the cost of living and open IEBC servers lapsed on Wednesday at midnight.
Raila said even after the government was given time to act on the issues raised on February 22 at jevanjee gardens, nothing has been done.
The ODM leader said the defiance campaign will take the shape of peaceful picketing, peaceful protests, boycotts, strikes, disobedience, peaceful petitions, peaceful sit-ins and peaceful demonstrations.
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“We also urge the victims of retrogressive policies of this illegitimate regime including workers, doctors, teachers, nurses, lecturers, students and the Business community to join this political revolution and movement for change. We are stronger together.”
Raila said immediately the Kenya Kwanza regime took office, it has embarked on implementing measures whose effect has been to make the cost of basic commodities and services unaffordable to most Kenyans.
He cited 15 grounds which he said informed the need for the mass action including the removal of subsidies on Unga, electricity and fuel.
He said President William Ruto is also creating unnecessary and unconstitutional offices to reward his cronies.
“For this reason, Ruto must go,” he said.