Azimio la Umoja party leader Raila Odinga on Wednesday, February 22, presented six demands to President William Ruto, failure to which the opposition would lead the country to mass action in 14 days.
Speaking during a prayer meeting at Jeevanjee Gardens, Nairobi County, Raila noted that food subsidies must be restored to cushion Kenyans from the high cost of living.
He pointed out that taxes subjected to Kenyans must come down within 14 days.
The ODM party leader noted that owing to the rising cases of learners dropping out of school, the government ought to subsidize fees to realize a 100 percent transition.
Raila detailed that electoral deceit must end. He called for servers to be opened and audited under the auspices of a reputable firm or organization failure to which the opposition would lead the people to restore their authority and voice.
He also called for the ongoing process of reconstituting the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to stop.
In its place, Raila advocated for a bipartisan task force to be put in place to oversee the restructuring the electoral body. He claimed that the move would end its monolithic operations.
“If demands are not heeded within 14 days, we shall lead Kenyans to mass action across the country to restore sanity,” Raila stated
While addressing his supporters, Raila referenced Amos 5:11 and reiterated Prophet Amos’ warning:
“You trample the poor, stealing their grain through taxes and unfair rent. Therefore, though you build beautiful stone houses, you will never live in them. Though you plant lush vineyards, you will never drink wine from them,” Raila quoted the Bible.
Raila also alleged a political witch-hunt against politicians allied with former president Uhuru Kenyatta, pointing out former Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and his lawyer, Danstan Omari.
The ODM party leader further lauded comedian Eric Omondi adding that it was his constitutional right to hold peaceful demonstrations.
“Now Eric Omondi went to Parliament to defend Kenyans’ rights and have peaceful demonstrations. We want to show Ruto that peaceful demonstration is a right,” Raila warned.