Azimio One Kenya Alliance has announced that protests will go on as earlier planned starting Wednesday.
While addressing the press on Tuesday, July 18, Azimio principal Martha Karua said the protests will take place despite the stated withdrawing the security details of top Azimio politicians.
“At mid-day tomorrow, we ask Kenyans to come out of their homes and bang sufurias, pots and pans to signify lack of food.
Motorists to hoot and flashlights in support of the movement,” she said.
She stated that the ‘sufuria movement’ will start tomorrow and continue until the opposition wins the battle.
Moreover, Karua asked Kenyans who have photographic or video evidence of police brutality to share with the coalition.
She further challenged Kenyans to embrace citizen journalism and film state offers, including police and politicians who brutalize Kenyans.
Azimio revealed that the Ministry of Interior had recalled all police officers on leave because of the protests.
“Ruto is at war, not just with Azimio but with all the citizens, especially those who do not support him,” she said.
Karua asked the police to be professional, claiming that the government was using them to harm Kenyans.
On the withdrawal of security, she alleged that the government has entered a public-private partnership with militia to cripple freedom of assembly and protests.
“Security withdrawal of top Azimio leaders has come days after President Ruto promised to ‘safirisha’ Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta. It also comes days after Ruto openly instructed Kenya Kwanza to recruit and arm supporters for a confrontation with demonstrators,” she said.
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She noted that an ethnic militia was already in place to attack local communities with the protection of the police.
This she says is part of what is going on in Sondu- Kericho and Kisii-Kericho boundaries.
In Nairobi, Azimio will hold demos in three grounds including Joseph Kang’ethe, Jacaranda and Kamkunji.
She further called on Kenyans to continue protesting in their own ways and regions.
Karua accused President Ruto of becoming a dictator by promoting nepotism, corruption, use of force, getting of opponents and disregarding the Constitution.
“We call on Kenyans to be courageous and work for their country before this dictatorship takes root,” she said.
However, she asked protestors to be peaceful, obey the law and private property.
She further accused the police of causing chaos during Azimio demos, with reports indicating that more than a dozen people died.
Karua announced that the signature collection exercise dubbed ‘Tumechoka Citizens’ Initiative’ has hit over six million signatures from Kenyans.
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On the other hand, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka revealed details about a group he claimed has weapons.
According to Kalonzo, the gang attacked people in Mlolongo, Kamukunji and Jogoo Road during tAzimio demonstrations on Wednesday, July 13.
“Their mission is to assassinate Azimio leaders and Kenyans protesting against the government,” Kalonzo said while referring to OSU.
Kalonzo added that the OSU group operates in Subaru vehicles, five people per vehicle, and they all from one ethnic community.