Leader of the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition Raila Odinga has stated that every Monday there will be demonstrations akin to those the opposition held in Nairobi and other regions of the nation on Monday.
When Odinga joined the demonstration in Nairobi’s Eastleigh neighborhood, he spoke to the crowd from the top of his motorcade and described Monday’s large-scale protest as the start of a fight for justice.
Kila jumatau kutakuwa na mgomo. Maandamano kutakuwa. He said, “Vita imeanza na haitaisha mpaka wakenya wapate haki yao. (There will be demonstrations on Mondays; the fight has begun and won’t finish until Kenyans are granted their rights.)
He was surrounded by several opposition politicians, including Gladys Wanga, the governor of Homa Bay, Kalonzo Musyoka, the head of the Wiper Party, George Wajackoyah, and Eugene Wamalwa.
At a different stop in Kamukunji, Odinga asserted that the protestors’ attendance on Monday is evidence that Kenyans are sick of President William Ruto’s administration.
The former prime minister congratulated Kenyans for participating in the mass action in such huge numbers despite what he claimed were government efforts to put it down and promised that they would not give up until the government heeded their demands.
“Wakenya wameonyesha punda amechoka. Hata kama wameleta askari,” he said.
While his followers clashed with police in the streets of some of Nairobi and Kisumu for the better part of the day, Odinga kept a low profile, simply expressing his support on social media.
President Ruto’s administration is under pressure from Odinga to address a number of concerns, including the high cost of living, claimed discrimination in State appointments, and alleged lack of transparency in the country’s electoral agency, the IEBC.
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