Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party presidential candidate Raila Odinga announced that he would organize nationwide rallies in major cities to seek the public’s input on the removal of the four IEBC commissioners.
Speaking on Sunday, November 27, the former Prime Minister said that the maiden rally would be held at the Kamukunji Grounds in Nairobi on Wednesday, November 30.
“We are going to consult widely with the people of Kenya, beginning Wednesday in Nairobi. We will have a meeting with the people at Kamukunji Grounds to ask them if they accept that these commissioners should go home,” Raila said.
However, speaking on Monday, November 28, Kenya’s President William Ruto accused Raila of attempting to disrupt the peace in the country for personal interests.
Ruto who was speaking during the launch of Twiga Foods at Tatu City urged Raila not to hold demonstrations but keep the country peaceful.
While urging Raila to desist from holding protests, the Head of State said street fights should not be part of the script in any responsible opposition.
He instead encouraged the opposition leader to hold the country to account peacefully and assist the government in delivering its pre-election pledges.
“I do not think organizing demonstrations and telling Kenyans to do the things they want them to do is part of holding the government to account,
“We are consolidating and reorganizing our country. I want to tell our brothers in the opposition to work with us and criticize whatever they want to criticize but let us keep the country peaceful,” the President said.
Raila has insisted that IEBC vice chairperson Juliana Cherara, commissioners Francis Wanderi, Irene Masit, and, Justus Nyang’aya are innocent and that the president is pushing to clear his path ahead of the 2027 General Election.
“This regime which came into power through rigging elections is hell-bent to send home commissioners who stood firm on the truth,” Raila said.