Leaders from the Njuri Ncheke have condemned Azimio Leader Raila Odinga over the planned mass demonstration to be held on Monday, March 20.
The leaders said the match to State House amounts to treason stating that the demos will lead to loss of lives and property.
“Raila has no good intention for Kenyans. According to the Law, when you match to State House to impeach the President, that amounts to treason. People will die. And those led by Raila do not know the consequences of forcefully entering the State House without invitation,” the elders said during a Friday, March 17 press briefing in Nairobi.
The elders further asked Kenyans not to participate in the demonstrations adding that Raila is not going to lead Kenya and Kenyans to a better place through demonstrations or mass action.
“We are beseeching you with all the respect as an elder, Raila Amolo Odinga you are listening to us. When you are accompanied by Kalonzo Musyoka, Martha Karua what you are doing is an injustice to Kenyans. please wait for President Ruto’s term in office to end so that you can campaign,” the elders said.
The statement by the Njuri Ncheke elders comes just a day after leaders from Azimio held a rally in Nakuru where they urged Kenyans to step out in large numbers and demonstrate in a move to call out the Kenya Kwanza government.
Led by Raila, Martha Karua, Kalonzo Musyoka and other leaders, the Azimio coalition said the March 20 demonstrations will be the “mother of all protests” which is expected to bring the country to a stop, in a move aimed at pushing President William Ruto to address six demands raised by the opposition group.
Among the six demands are: Ruto’s refusal to allow the audit of the servers of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the high cost of living after the government eliminated subsidies, alleged nepotism in the Kenya Kwanza administration and failure to consult all stakeholders in the constitution of the IEBC.
“We cannot be intimidated by William Ruto and Rigathi Gachagua. I want to tell them that I fought for the second liberation in this country. The two cannot understand what I have gone through. I was arrested [and] charged in court and I went to prison in 1983 but was discharged for lack of evidence. I have been fighting for democracy and was put in detention for eight years when some of them were still breastfeeding,” Raila said.
In his part, Kalonzo Musyoka said – we promise that on Monday, we will participate in peaceful demonstrations. Our match will be peaceful and will not target anyone. Whoever brings violence is not part of us. We will demonstrate until William Ruto leaves the State House. We will not use weapons.”