Since opposition leader Raila Odinga started his anti-governmental protest on Monday, February 20, some key figures from the opposition camp have not participated.
Among those who have been absent in the weekly protests include Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) deputy party leader Hassan Joho.
His absence from the protests has raised eyebrows from a section of political quarters with some speculating that the former Mombasa governor might have silently ditched the opposition.
However, on Friday, April 21, Joho resurfaced saying he had been out of the country for health reasons.
Joho who was recently holidaying in Dubai said he was away after undergoing surgery.
He however said he was disappointed by the current political situation in Kenya.
The ODM official said the high cost of living currently being witnessed is due to poor governance and promised to soon be back on the streets to support his party leader Raila Odinga’s push to bring down the cost of living.
“I support politics and am disappointed to see here in Coast leaders are not ready to push the government lower the cost of living. Soon you will see me on the streets since I support Azimio la Umoja ideology,” Joho said.
The Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition party presidential candidate in the 2022 elections Raila Odinga has announced the return of weekly protests.
The former Prime Minister is pushing for the opening of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) servers and the suspension of the team tasked with replacing the poll commission officials.
Raila is also pushing the new regime to bring down the cost of living as well as immediately stop the Kenya Kwanza government’s move of buying opposition lawmakers among other issues.
The ODM leader had suspended the protests to create room for dialogue but has since declared to continue with protests alongside the bipartisan talks.