Why Raila hasn’t revealed dates of the Azimio rallies

In order to keep the State off his trail, Azimio leader Raila Odinga has carefully guarded the dates of his political gatherings.

The opposition leader is reportedly gathering support for a sizable rally on June 1 in Nairobi, despite having already declared his disapproval of President William Ruto’s administration.

It has come to light that only a select few of Raila’s allies have access to the full information of the rallies he will organise in the upcoming weeks.

Last year, Raila had intended to have a simultaneous Jamhuri Day celebration at Jacaranda Grounds on December 20, but the proposal was abandoned after he left for the US for an important summit of African leaders.

This time it is believed that Raila wants to end a six-month political campaign against President Ruto with a large protest in Nairobi.

Following the rotational schedule for national celebrations established by his predecessor Uhuru Kenyatta, Ruto will be in charge of the festivities on June 1 at the Njukiri Stadium in Embu County.

Last Sunday during his rally at the Jacaranda grounds, Raila presented a brief overview of his upcoming stops but avoided giving specific dates for the activities.

He claimed that in order to put further pressure on Ruto, the Azimio rallies would travel to Machakos, Nakuru, Kakamega, Kisii, Kisumu, and Mombasa.

After that, Raila will visit Kiambu, Garissa, Isiolo, and Turkana before concluding with the massive gathering in Nairobi.

Although the administration of President Ruto has advised Azimio leaders and followers against initiating conflict, it has not yet shown any signs of preventing Raila’s demonstrations.


Written by Brian Mayodi

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