23rd January, 2023
Azimio leader Raila Odinga has announced he will resume his countrywide rallies that were halted late last year.
In November last year, Raila had launched what he called public meetings in protest against what he termed poor performance by President William Ruto’s administration.
After a rally at Kamukunji Grounds, Nairobi, in late November, Raila called off the rallies, including a major one that was planned for Jacaranda grounds on Jamhuri Day.
“We’ve rescheduled the start of our public engagements from tomorrow, November 30, 2022, to December 7, 2022, due to the ongoing national examinations. We have listened to the appeals of parents and school-going children and we decided to obey their wishes,” the Azimio statement read.
But in a statement sent to newsrooms yesterday, Raila announced the return of the public barazas. He said he would hold a meeting tomorrow morning and welcomed Kenyans to attend.
“The Rt Hon Raila Odinga returns to the country on Monday 23. He is expected to land at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 11am. Upon arrival, he will proceed to the Kamukunji Grounds for a people’s baraza consultations with the public where they will discuss recent disclosures by a whistle blower on the conduct of the 2022 General Election.” read a statement from his spokesman Dannis Onyango. Raila left the country for South Africa on January 13.
The statement added: “Raila appeals to Kenyans to show up in large numbers at the Kamukunji Baraza in the interest of the country.”