Embakasi, Nairobi’s Jacaranda Gardens will host simultaneous Jamhuri Day celebrations on Monday, December 12, according to Azimio La Umoja leader Raila Odinga.
The opposition leader told a press conference on Monday that he will stage a nonviolent rally alongside “Kenyan patriots” because President William Ruto will be leading the nation in commemorating the national holidays in a separate State ceremony.
We’re not going to Kamukunji on December 12; we’re going to Jacaranda Gardens in Embakasi. Together with Kenyan patriots, we will celebrate Jamhuri Day, and it will be a calm gathering. No picketing or protests, although those rights are also protected by Kenya’s constitution, added Odinga.
Odinga added that his nationwide public engagement sessions, which begin on Wednesday, December 7, are not protests as some Kenyans have imagined them to be.
The Azimio organization would instead “consult with the people of Kenya,” according to Odinga.
He said, “We are not demonstrating or indulging in any act of thuggery and hooliganism and no property is going to be destroyed, but if we wanted to have a demonstration or protest, we would merely inform the police to provide security and do it.
“The government shouldn’t use this as a justification to send goons there to try to sabotage this event.”
Along with other individuals, the leader of the Azimio party was surrounded by Martha Karua of the NARC Kenya party and Jeremiah Kioni of the Jubilee Party.
At the demonstration on Wednesday, which will take place at Nairobi’s Kamukunji Grounds, Odinga will discuss his grievances with Ruto’s administration with Kenyans.
The current investigation against four Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioners is the reason for Odinga’s protests.
Francis Wanderi, Justus Nyang’aya, Irene Masit, and Juliana Cherera are the four people being looked at after petitions were filed questioning their eligibility to hold office due to their disavowing of the presidential election results from August 9.
Since then, Cherera and Nyang’aya have resigned.