Opposition leader Raila Odinga had planned a tour of the vote-rich Mt Kenya region to rev up his supporters as he prepares to resume the weekly protests.
Former Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria had vowed to lead the demonstrations against President William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza government.
The Usawa Kwa Wote party leader said the demonstrations will not be about the legitimacy of President William Ruto but will be about pushing the new regime to fulfill its promise of bringing down the cost of living.
“We are coming to engage the people, those who have been asking why Murang’a has not participated in the national debate calling for reduction in the cost of living, finally we are here,” he said.
However, it seems that the meeting which was set for Thursday, April 20, may not happen if the latest developments are anything to go by.
This is after Murang’a County Police Commander David Mathiu said they have no enough security personnel to guard the meeting.
In a letter dated Wednesday, April 19, Mathiu said the police have been deployed elsewhere and that they need enough notification time to prepare.
Among those who were set to attend include former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, his Narc Kenya counterpart Martha Karua, and Jubilee Party Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni.
Others are ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna, a presidential aspirant in the 2022 General Election Mwangi wa Iria, and Roots Party leader George Wajackoyah among others.
Wa Iria said it will be a consultative forum that will bring together the leaders from the Azimio camp and key stakeholders who feel have been left out.
“We will be meeting to chart our own course of survival by not being part of the company that is the government and the possibility of us investing in a company of our own,” the former county boss added.