Azimio La Umoja, leader Raila Odinga has said that the demonstrations to be held on Monday, will kick off as planned despite police plans to intervene.
Speaking during an interview on Citizen TV on Saturday, March 18, Raila said that the plans to march to the State House in the mass demonstrations on Monday, March 20 will still proceed. He further stated that he was ready to die in case of police retaliation because they could only harm the body and not the spirit.
“I am not afraid. If the police want to harm us, let them do it. We will not tire as long as we know we’re fighting for a just course. They can harm the body, but the spirit will continue to live. We, however, expect the police to provide security and not to be a threat,” Raila said.
He said that he shall not be intimidated into backing down from his plans. This was in response to Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua’s claims that the police are ready to handle the mass action, come Monday.
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Raila, in a statement made on his social media handles on Sunday 19 morning asked the public to gather at Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD) before they begin their mass action. This mass action, according to the One Kenya Alliance leader is aimed at addressing the tribalistic appointments in state offices, high cost of living, biased recruitment of the IEBC officials, and the August 2022 general elections.
“Our people are suffering from the high cost of food, electricity fuel, and others. He has removed subsidies put in place to cushion the people of Kenya. He is the most tribal president Kenya has ever had and you can see that from his divisive appointments,” Raila added.
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According to Raila, only a few selected people will present their petitions to President William Ruto.
He went on to say that his supporters should start by boycotting Safaricom because they allegedly played a part in rigging the August 2022 general elections. President William Ruto on the other hand said that he will not allow chaos at the expense of a mass demonstration.