However, the 14-day ultimatum lapsed on Wednesday, March 8, yet the Head of State had not complied with his demands.
As such, the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party leader Raila Odinga on Thursday, March 9, announced the start of mass action to force President Wiliam Ruto to comply with his demands.
Raila who was addressing journalists at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Foundation in Upper Hill, Nairobi told those interested in the mass action to prepare and take action against the Kenya Kwanza government.
“We now declare the beginning of mass action, and announce that Ruto must go,” Raila said.
He urged his supporters to prepare well for the demonstration set to begin on March 20 in Nairobi. The 10 days to the official protests are aimed at giving time to those interested from across the country to travel to Nairobi.
“On March 20, 2023, we have a date with destiny, and we call on you all to come to Nairobi where we will conduct a major procession,” Raila declared.
While launching the Movement for Defence of Democracy (MDD), Raila claimed that President William Ruto failed to heed his call to lower the price of basic commodities, open the IEBC servers, and include the Azimio La Umoja in the recruitment process of IEBC commissioners.
The former prime minister accused Ruto of “overseeing the looting of public resources”, which, he said, has resulted in the skyrocketing cost of living.
At the same time, Odinga accused the Head of State of introducing policies that have led to the “over-taxation of Kenyans”.
Raila further took issue with the IEBC commissioners’ selection criteria, saying the selection panel that has been set up will “produce seven Chebukatis”.