Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party leader Raila Odinga on Thursday, April 13, announced the return of weekly protests.
Raila had suspended the weekly protests to allow for a bipartisan talk with the Kenya Kwanza government as requested by President William Ruto.
However, addressing Azimio La Umoja supporters who converged at Ufungamano House in Nairobi for a public baraza, the former Prime Minister said he will announce the official date after the Ramadhan festivity.
He said the bi-partisan talks will go hand in hand with the protests, especially after realizing that the other side was not showing seriousness.
“Immediately after the Ramadhan, I will announce when the countrywide mass actions will return,
“I agree with what you have said, the talks will happen alongside demos. Dawa ya moto ni moto, sisi tutaendelea (We will fight with fire)” Raila said.
But in a statement on his official social media pages, Senate Majority leader Aaron Cheruiyot urged the ODM party leader Raila Odinga to either choose the bipartisan talks or go back to the streets.
Kericho senator further argued that peaceful conversations cannot be held at the expense of threats.
“It is bipartisan talks or the streets; you cannot have it both ways. No double chance betting. You must at least believe in something. In peace talks, guns are normally silenced first,” Cheruiyot said.
While announcing the return of protests, Raila accused the government side of lacking honesty and openness.
“Should the talks falter or there are no fruits because of the lack of openness, lack of honesty, and indulgence of our opponents, the people will have no option but to take their future and that of their country into their hands,” he added.