Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga has announced that he will lead supporters to demonstrations every Monday until their demands are met.
Speaking at Eastleigh, the Azimio la Umoja party leader said they will not relent despite the use of police force by the government.
He accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of violating the constitution and undermining democracy by refusing to dialogue with his rivals.
“Jumatatu, wakenya wote watakuwa na maandamano ya kiamani. (Kenya Kwanza) Wameshikwa na uoga lakini mambo bado, hiyo ni kionjo na tutaendelea,” Raila said.
“We are not afraid of teargas, bullets or bombs. We are fighting for our rights and we will not give up until we get justice,” he said.
Raila’s planned press conference at Serena Hotel was cancelled after police cordoned off the venue and dispersed his supporters.
He then tried to access Nairobi CBD but his convoy was met by a barricade and teargas.
The convoy then retreated to Kamukunji grounds which were also inaccessible as teargas was also lobbed.
The convoy then made its way to Eastleigh town where he addressed supporters who had gathered to welcome him.
Raila, who served as prime minister from 2008 to 2013, is one of Kenya’s most influential politicians. He has contested four presidential elections and lost all of them. He claims that some of them were rigged in favour of his opponents.
He is currently leading a coalition of opposition parties under the banner of Azimio la Umoja–One Kenya Coalition Party, which aims to challenge Ruto’s ruling Kenya Kwanza coalition.
Meanwhile, Siaya Governor James Orengo is at the Kiambu Police Station now seeking the release of Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi who was arrested on Monday morning during the Azimio protests.
Orengo was accompanied by other Azimio leaders also sought the release of other opposition leaders who were arrested in the morning fracas.