Defiant Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga to resume anti-government protests dubbed ‘Maandamano Wednesday’ on 19th July 2023.
On this date, Raila Odinga, together with Azimio la Umoja affiliated political leaders, have vowed to continue pressurising the Kenya Kwanza government to lower the cost of living.
Kenya Kwanza, in one unified voice through President William Ruto, has condemned the protest that happened on 12th July, saying it was against the law.
“Will the ‘Maandamano’ lower the cost of living of cause it to go even higher.” Ruto stated.
In relation to his statement, other political leaders in the Kenya Kwanza government have also shared their thoughts. One is the prime cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi.
In his statement through the national media, Musalia Mudavadi asked the opposition to produce an alternative 2023, 2024 budget they had promised instead of picketing.
After Maandamano protests and destructions that took place, deaths have also been confirmed to have occurred. An example is a young 18 yaers old man named Emali.
Emali was supposed to join Kenyatta University in September before meeting his death through ‘Maandamano’ Wednesday.
Through a statement on his social media pages, Governor Mutula Kilonzo Junior mourned Emali young man, who was killed allegedly by the police during the day-long protest scuffles.
After expressing his condolences, Kilonzo has, however, called for an investigation into the young man’s death.
In regards to the deaths, Azimio La Umoja leader Raila Odinga has called off every coalition activity for 5 days in respect to lost lives.
He has, however, said Maandamano, on Wednesday, 19th July 2023, will go on ‘Wapende Wasipende.”