On Friday, March 17, Azimio Chief Raila Odinga explained why he did not call for mass protests during the tenure of former President Uhuru Kenyatta.
During an interview with Voice of Africa Swahili, Odinga stated that Uhuru attempted to lessen Kenyans’ high cost of living.
Despite being given ample time to improve the economy, President William Ruto failed to deliver on his promise to Kenyans.
“When they came to power, they promised to reduce the cost of living and to do so within the first 100 days. They have already forgotten the promise they had made to the people “He stated.
Odinga reiterated that he gave Ruto 100 days to address the situation and tried unsuccessfully to engage the president.
“He chose to be proud and looked down on us, and now the opportunity to speak has passed. We don’t like protests, but we have no choice “He said.
Raila insisted that he will continue to advocate for peace and even informed the police of his demonstration plans in writing, as directed by the President.
However, the ODM party leader was unable to explain why he did not seek additional legal redress.
“We had the majority in both houses but our members of Parliament were bought. Ruto now uses his acquired majority lawlessly and that is why we decided to go back to the people who have no price tag,” he remarked.
Raila reiterated that the mass demonstrations scheduled for March 20 would go as planned and invited Kenyans to turn up in large numbers.