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Confusion as Uhuru’s close ally hints support for maandamano even as Jubilee and KANU distance themselves from move

by Joshua Wanga
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In what is turning out to be a confusing string of unraveling incidents that was kicked off with a heavily suggestive statement from lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi implying that Uhuru is the one funding the planned Azimio mass protests, soon afterwards Jubilee and KANU parties distanced themselves from the clamour. However, the latest move from one of the former president’s closest allies has left observers even more confounded.

Pauline Njoroge, an influential power broker and suspected State House insider during the Uhuru regime took to Twitter to wonder why and how president William Ruto called on the Opposition to carry out its oversight role but has now speedily turned to lamenting once the opposition began doing so. Her tweet read,
Pauline Njoroge, HSC
When President William Ruto said that he wanted a strong opposition in Kenya to keep the government in check, what exactly did he mean because he now seems to be catching feelings over any form of opposition?

Earlier, the president had complained that riots don’t constitute Opposition’s oversight role.
This was last month in Ruiru, Kiambu County, during the launch of a Twiga Foods Limited distribution centre in Tatu City.

President William Ruto rubbished Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition leader Raila Odinga’s plan to organise public meetings and demonstrations in favour of four besieged electoral commissioners.
The plan, President Ruto said, was the wrong way to push for accountability in government, saying there were other ways to keep his Kenya Kwanza alliance government in check.

Mr Odinga – who had called his party’s parliamentary group meeting on the matter – announced planned rallies in Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu and Kakamega to defend Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) members Juliana Cherera, Irene Masit, Justus Nyang’aya and Francis Wanderi, who face a President Ruto-backed ouster.

This has since been replaced by two major public participation rallies on 7th and 12th of December.
The rallies, christened ‘consultative meetings’ with his supporters, will start in this week, Raila said. They are intended to give the public a say on the push by President Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza to send the four commissioners home.

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