Azimio Announces Date for Next Protests

Azimio la Umoja Leaders
Azimio la Umoja leaders led by Raila Odinga (Centre) during a Press Conference at SKM Centre in Nairobi on Tuesday, April 18, 2023.
Azimio la Umoja

Azimio la Umoja Principal Martha Karua on Tuesday, May 2, announced that the coalition will resume mass action on Thursday, May 4. 

Speaking at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Foundation, Karua noted that the coalition's plans to deliver petitions during the Tuesday mass protests were curtailed by a contingent of heavy security deployed in the Central Business District (CBD). 

The former Azimio running mate further accused the Kenya Kwanza administration of instructing the police to disrupt their protests which they claimed were peaceful.

"At the break of dawn, police got stations in all parts of Nairobi Metropolis and city centre to prevent us from proceeding with our peaceful protests as planned. Unfortunately, because of the mayhem, we were not able to present the petitions to the four offices. 

Raila Odinga at Protest
Raila addressing part of the demonstrators on Monday, March 20, 2023.
Raila Odinga

"Despite these developments, we are energised that Kenyans are determined to claim their country. We march on. Tomorrow we take a break to strategise and recharge. Our protests will resume on Thursday, May 4. Same meeting, same office and same people," she added.

The Azimio procession had planned to deliver the petitions to the Office of the President, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the National Treasury, and the Public Service Commission (PSC).

The Azimio principal also condemned the alleged withdrawal of security for both Raila Odinga (ODM) and Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) among other opposition leaders arguing that it would be a recipe for chaos. 

"We take this opportunity to say thank you to the Kenyans who braved the chilly weather and brutality of police to exercise their rights and present the petitions to public authority. 

"We stated that the protests would be peaceful and in strict conformity to the law," Karua added. 

GMO Maize Flour

The Narc-Kenya party leader also claimed that the new unga brands which retailed at slightly lower prices on the market were Genetically modified. 

She alleged that a section of local millers had declined to sell the product as a matter of principle hence the disparity in sellers of cheap flour.

Azimio Leader Raila Odinga addressing supporters in Murang'a County on April 20, 2023.
Azimio Leader Raila Odinga addressing supporters in Murang'a County on April 20, 2023.
Raila Odinga