Another U-turn as Kalonzo finally speaks of Raila’s planned mass action set for Wednesday
Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper party allied leaders have finally broken their silence over the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya chief Raila Odinga’s calls for mass action.
Mr Odinga, on Friday, repeated his calls for rallies to “resist the capture and emasculation of key institutions,” accusing President William Ruto’s government of “taking a machete to hack and mutilate the Constitution.”
The rallies are also intended to show support for four top officials of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), who are facing removal through a tribunal formed by the President.
One of the commissioners, Mr Justus Nyang’aya, resigned yesterday.
Two parties in the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition – Jubilee and Kanu – said they would not be part of the rallies called by Mr Odinga while Wiper officials were non-committal.
Jubilee Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni told the Saturday Nation that the party would not take part in the rallies that are to start at Kamukunji grounds in Nairobi on Wednesday.
“Jubilee does not advocate for chaos. It is not part of our agenda,” Mr Kioni said.
Kanu Secretary General Nick Salat also told the Saturday Nation that the party feels left out on key issues in the alliance and would not be part of the mass action.
“We will not support that. We would love to but our treatment in the coalition does not allow us to do that,” Mr Salat said.
Wiper’s position is not clear but Makueni Senator Dan Maanzo said mass action is both a political and individual right, adding that anyone who believes in it should be allowed to participate.
“It’s not a Wiper action but mass action,” Mr Maanzo told the Saturday Nation.
Kitui Central MP Makali Mulu supported the call for demonstrations, terming the removal of the IEBC Commissioners as political.
“The right procedure was not followed. It was more of a political process than a legal one, and therefore we need to hit the streets,” Dr Mulu said yesterday.
Mr Odinga launched an attack on President Ruto’s administration yesterday, saying the Head of State is taking the country into dictatorship of the past.
Addressing journalists after a meeting with city lawmakers allied to Azimio and other grassroots leaders at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Foundation, the ODM boss said he and his team would launch “pushback” against President Ruto’s “despotic” tendencies from Wednesday.
Dubbing the marches and rallies “public consultations”, Mr Odinga said he would begin talking to Kenyans on the direction the country is taking.
“We announce the launch of the pushback we talked about a few days ago. On December 7, at the historic Kamukunji grounds in Nairobi, we will launch public consultations with the people of Kenya to brainstorm on the direction the country is taking,” he said.
“We wish to remind Ruto that this country has had a system like the one he is trying to reinvent. We fought that system. We brought down that system. We will do so to the one he is inventing. We will bring it down.”
Mr Odinga also said he would hold another rally at the same venue on Jamhuri Day.