Raila Odinga, the leader of the Azimio One Kenya Coalition Party, has announced that his party will hold protests every Monday in an effort to push the ruling Kenya Kwanza government to lower the cost of living and open the servers to determine who won the presidency during the last election. The demonstrations will also call for a number of other demands.
The Raila-led coalition maintains that it won the election, but the ruling regime has dismissed these claims. “We have started a war. Every Monday there will be strikes, there will be demonstrations, no matter what. The war has begun, and it will not end until Kenyans get their justice,” Raila declared at Kamukunji while flanked by Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Eugene Wamalwa of DAP-K among other coalition leaders.
The coalition’s demands include lowering the cost of living and opening the servers to determine the true winner of the 2022 presidential election. Raila has accused the ruling regime of ignoring their demands.
During the announcement, Kalonzo demanded the unconditional release of all leaders arrested during the previous Monday’s protests.
Earlier attempts by Raila’s convoy to access the Nairobi Central Business District from the Serena hotel where they were holed up were met with resistance when police officers barricaded the road leading to Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), forcing them to address their supporters from Kamukunji.
The move to hold weekly protests comes amid rising tensions between the opposition and the ruling government. It remains to be seen whether the protests will bring about the desired change.