Azimio postpones meeting as leaders call for tolerance

Kisii County ODM chairman Kerosi Ondieki. [Sammy Omingo, Standard]

Azimio la Umoja has postponed its rally at Gusii Stadium which was planned for Monday.

Kisii County ODM chairman Kerosi Ondieki said they pushed the rally to Friday, February 17, after wide consultations.

“We want to give everyone a chance to attend the meeting. Kisii is home to ODM party, and we would want to listen to every opinion,” said Ondieki.

On Friday, Azimio leader Raila Odinga addressed a rally at Mavoko, Machakos County, which is of part a series of people's baraza the coalition has lined up to pile pressure on President William Ruto's government to lower the cost of living.

Addressing Kisumu residents on Saturday, Raila said he would continue with the rallies to sensitise Kenyans on their democratic rights. Sunday, the Azimio brigade held a rally in Busia County. 

Meanwhile, some Gusii leaders have warned that the Azimio rallies will split the country.

Addressing the Press in Kisii, former Governor James Ongwae said the region should not be seen as rebellious to the Kenya Kwanza administration.

He said he will support commitment that will see the completion of development projects by the national government.

Ongwae said: “We condemn any attempt to cause uneasiness and whip the emotions of our people. We are ready and willing to work with the government,” he said.

“Omogusii is interested in projects that will address the needs of more than 1.2 million people living within the diminishing land size. We have the highest concentration of people going up to 1,200 persons per square kilometre of land,” he said.

Former Deputy Governor Joash Maangi, who addressed the media separately, called on Azimio to give the government time to undertake development projects.

“We have already benefited from appointments. We do not wish to split the community on political party affiliation. It is time to deliver on campaign promises,” said Maangi.