Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Tuesday, November 29, attended a parliamentary group meeting of the opposition lawmakers at the Kalonzo Musyoka Centre.
Raila’s 2022 presidential running mate Martha Karua and Wiper leader Kalonzo Mysoka were also in attendance.
In a move aimed at keeping the new regime on its toes, the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition leader resolved to launch anti-government pushbacks on Wednesday, December 7, to keep William Ruto-led government on its toes.
The launch of the drive on December 7, could culminate in a parallel Jamhuri Day celebration scheduled for Monday, December 12.
“The matter (of a parallel event) was indeed discussed as a follow-up to the December 7 event, but the leaders agreed to examine it and make a decision,” a source at the meeting said as quoted by the Nation.
The report further stated that the move by the opposition to hold a parallel national celebration would still be discussed in the days to come since a section of opposition lawmakers was opposed to the scheme.
“Some leaders were, however, of the opinion that Jamhuri Day is an important national event that ought not to be destabilized,” another source said.
It is worth noting that this is not the first time the former Prime Minister will be hosting a parallel national celebration should it happen.
On October 20, 2017, Raila hosted parallel Mashujaa Day celebrations in Kisumu at a prayer service for victims of police brutality.
Raila and President William Ruto have renewed their antagonisms over the ouster of the four IEBC commissioners.
While the President is insisting that IEBC vice chairperson Juliana Cherera, commissioners Irene Masit, Francis Wanderi, and Justus Nyang’aya must leave the office for attempting to subvert the will of the people, Raila on the other side is insisting that the ‘Serena four’ must stay.