Raila Odinga has now said that the antigovernmental protests that had been with held earlier this month, will resume in a week’s time.
Speaking at a town hall meeting at Ufungamano House in Nairobi, Raila said that he will soon announce the date for the resumption of the protests after the end of Ramadhan Season.
The party leader stated that the protests will happen concurrently with the bipartisan talk with the government , which he insists must put the public’s interests first.
“We will engage in the bipartisan process to which we have sent very able and capable representatives. But the people must not be left out or behind. We are not going into this dialogue for deals in smoke-filled rooms. We are going into this to secure and safe guard fundamental life and death gains for the people and country,” said Raila
“We will confront Goliath and we know what will happen to Goalith.We have allowed the talks to continue , but I also agree with your proposal that the talks continue concurrently with the demonstrations. Dawa ya moto ni moto. Sisi tutaendelea. Tunangoja Ramadhan iishe…ikiisha tutatangaza.”
Odinga said the bipartisan talks should not happen in parliament as insisted by President William Ruto. He one again referred to the Koffi Annan-led talks that birthed the National Accord of 2008, the outcome being process was ratified despite it happening in a hotel and not parliament.
“No one actually stops a dialogue outside parliament. In fact, we have had this before. When we are in a crisis, we had talks held at Serena Hotel chaired by even a foreigner. Those talks were not considered to be illegal or unconstitutional, in the end , the product was taken to parliament and approved unanimously by members of Parliament. We are in a similar situation here today,” said Odinga.
Raila as accused the president’s government of being a “rubber stamp” government that okays anything and everything with considering the consequences.
“Something fundamental must give this time round but only if the people stay engaged. We are not going into this to be rubber stamps. One of the things that have been on display for the past six months is that Kenya Kwanza is a regime full of rubberstamps.”
The town hall meeting was attended by a Azimio leaders among them Martha Karua and Eugene Wamalwa.
The party announced it would be holding countrywide public barazas and town hall meetings, following the suspension of the countrywide protests.