Raila Odinga Calls Off Monday’s Demonstrations

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has called off Mondays anti-government protests which were set to enter the fourth day on Monday.

This came just hours after President William Ruto’s address where he called on the opposition leader to do so and give way for a bipartisan parliamentary process in the recruitment of commissioners to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), which is one of the issues the opposition had raised with President Ruto’s administration.

Odinga said the Azimio camp is ready for dialogue that will address the key issues they have raised.

“As Kenyans know,we disputed the 2022 election results declared by the IEBC chairman and a minority of two commissioners against the expressed decision over majority of four commissioners to reject those results”,said Odinga.

According to Raila, elections are sacred and represent the true voice of the people and that together with the high cost of living,the legitimacy of the IEBC,the opening of the server,the attacks on media and harassment by the police and viability of democracy were the reasons why demonstrations were taking place.

“As leaders it is our responsibility in Azimio la umoja to save this Country from any harsh conditions “,he added.

Odinga said that the country must be composed with immediate effect with strict deadlines for resolving the crisis facing the country.

“We reserve our rights to call for demonstrations should this process not bare fruit,should there be no meaningful engagement or response from Hon.William Ruto to our counter offer it shall result to us resuming demonstrations after one week,”he said.

He further asked that in accepting the call of dialogue all arrests and prosecutions related to Azimio’s demonstrations should be stopped with immediate effect.

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