Hours after the Azimio La Umoja leader announced the return of mass action, President William Ruto’s camp, led by Digital Strategist and blogger Dennis Itumbi, has warned of dire consequences if he follows through with his threat.
Speaking in Nyanza, Raila announced the return of mass action blaming the government for increasing taxes which have led to a tough economic situation across the country.
Expressing discontent with the current state of affairs, Raila issued an ultimatum to the Kenya Kwanza regime, demanding the immediate removal of the imposed taxes.
He unequivocally warned that failure to address this concern would result in the resumption of protests in 2024.
“In this government, you thought that the ‘hustlers’ would hear you. We found out that they were just words. Kenyans felt bad about the situation in 2023,” he stated.
Highlighting the urgency of the situation, Raila insisted that the imposed taxes must be revoked, and the Finance Act needs to be nullified. He declared, “If they fail to act, we will return to the streets in 2024.”
In response to Raila’s sentiments, Dennis Itumbi, a close ally of President Ruto, asserted, “Enough is Enough! No more nonsense. We no longer entertain Raila Odinga’s rhetoric come 2024.”
Raila had earlier called for mass action over the high cost of living, but it was thwarted by the government.
In turn, the government went ahead to form a bipartisan team that hoped to solve the tension at once.