Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o on the morning of Wednesday, March 29, suspended all public demonstrations in Kisumu.
The ODM governor said those willing to continue with the demonstrations will have to join other protesters in Nairobi during the demos scheduled for Mondays and Thursdays by the Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Coalition.
“I announce that all public demonstrations within Kisumu County have from today (Wednesday, March 29), been suspended indefinitely so that we can join the demonstrations in Nairobi,” Nyong’o said in a statement.
However, in a quick rejoinder, Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja rejected the proposal by his Kisumu counterpart to ferry protestors to the city.
Sakaja said “Nairobi County has already hosted two of these demonstrations. We’ve borne the cost of the disruption so far,
“It has been decided that protests and demonstrations shall no longer take place in Nairobi city.”
He further banned demonstrations within the capital after stating that Nairobians have patiently put up with the disruptions caused by Raila’s anti-government protests.
“Nairobians have patiently put up with the disruption, and their taxes have paid for its aftermath,” the governor declared.
Raila last week announced that he will be holding two demonstrations every week until President William Ruto gives in his grievances.
The opposition leader last month issued a list of grievances he wants the President to address the failure to which he will not suspend the protests.
Odinga wants the president to expedite the opening of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) servers for the 2022 presidential election to ascertain who won the polls.
He further wants the Kenya Kwanza government to bring down the cost of living which has skyrocketed beyond the reach of the majority of Kenyans.