Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Secretary General, Edwin Sifuna has said they will hold anti-government protests for three consecutive days from Monday, July 18.
Speaking during an interview on Citizen TV, Senator Sifuna announced that Azimio will continue demonstrating until the government repeals the Finance Act 2023.
At the same time, the lawmaker criticized the courts for declaring life sentence unconstitutional as Kenyans lose their lives in the hands of the police on the streets.
He further noted that, the government should uphold article 37 of the constitution, that provides for the right to demonstrate peacefully.
In addition, the vocal politician cited the Kamukunji incident, where the police allegedly used live ammunition to disperse the crowd.
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“Reports from Mathare and Embakasi show that, at least 15 people lost their lives yesterday, while others nurse gun shots and injuries,” Senator Sifuna claimed.
According to Sifuna, the government will need evidence to arrest those people it claims took part in the demonstrations.
Moreover, Senator Sifuna explained that the Kenya Kwanza government cannot arrest the opposition leader, Raila Odinga because the state lacks confidence.
Following the police brutality on Wednesday, July 12, the senator went ahead to say, “he would rather be waking up as an advocate to go represent the young people arrested in the demonstrations.”
He refuted Senator Boni Khalwale’s claims that he is a coward and cannot face Raila because he is not electable, but a beneficiary of ethnic mobilization Nairobi.
Sifuna made the remarks a day after anti-government demonstrations rocked various parts of the country.
In Nairobi, Kajiado, Makueni, Kisumu, Kisii and Busia, protesters engaged protesters in running battles for the better part of the day.
Unconfirmed reports indicated that at least seven people died during the demonstrations.
On the other hand, Azimio leader Raila Odinga cancelled a political rally at the Kamukunji grounds, claiming there were plans for gangs to infiltrate the event.
Consequently, Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki warned that the government will not spare planners and financiers of the protests.