To ensure he succeeds in his plans, the official opposition leader launched the Movement for Defense of Democracy (MDD), an initiative that is against the current regime.
This follows Wednesday’s lapse of the 14-day ultimatum the Azimio leader had issued to President William Ruto to expedite the opening of the 2022 presidential election servers and addresses the high cost of living.
“We have launched a campaign of defiance of peaceful picketing, peaceful protests, boycotts, strikes, disobedience, petitions, sit-ins, and peaceful demonstrations. And it begins today and now,” Raila said.
However, in a statement shortly after the official launch of mass action, Interior CS Kithure Kindiki directed the police to treat security offices as protected areas.
Kindiki warned the veteran politician against attempting to access public offices or intimidate security officers stating that anyone who will go contrary will be dealt with in accordance with the law.
He stated that some of the politicians and the youth had dared to access the headquarters – a move that would have affected the work of the officers.
“Any person regardless of their rank in the society who threatens to forcibly access security facilities or intimidate officers on duty will be dealt with firmly, ruthlessly, and decisively in accordance with the law,” Kindiki said.
Adding that “The protection of our security facilities from political and other extraneous interferences apply to all without exemption and without regard to political affiliation.”
Already, a spot check by this publication earlier revealed that the government had beefed up security in major points across the country including areas around State Lodges.
This comes after Raila unsuccessfully tried to access the Director of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Headquarters along Kiambu Road where former Interior CS Fred Matiang’i was being grilled.