Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga is on Monday, March 20, expected to lead mass protests against President William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza government.
Raila who will lead the protests is expected to be accompanied by other opposition leaders including Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka and his Narc Kenya counterpart Martha Karua.
Other opposition leaders expected to be present include Jubilee Party Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni among others.
However, ex-Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has implored former vice president Kalonzo Musyoka to give Raila’s mass protest a wide berth.
“Kalonzo (Musyoka) don’t join the maandamano just go to Tseikuru or Yatta and relax nikubaya,” Sonko said.
Taking to his official Twitter handle on Friday, March 17, Sonko claimed that President William Ruto will do whatever it takes to stop the protests.
“You riddle man (Raila), you can’t and you will not keep on intimidating the Commander in Chief of all the defense forces; Kenya Army, Kenya Navy, and Kenya Airforce. I swear this time round,” he added.
On Thursday, March 16, the Wiper Party leader confirmed that he will be joining other opposition luminaries in protesting the high cost of living as well as reclaiming their victory which they claimed was snatched by the IEBC and the Supreme Court.
Kalonzo who was speaking at Mazembe grounds in Nakuru claimed that the Kenya Kwanza regime was using foreign missions to portray opposition leaders as anarchists.
“We are aware that the government is using foreign missions to paint the opposition as anarchists. We call upon our friends in other countries not to interfere with our internal affairs,” Musyoka stated.
The protests come after the lapse of the 14-day ultimatum, which the opposition had issued to President Ruto to address the cost of living, open the 2022 presidential election servers and stop the process of appointing new members of the electoral agency, IEBC.