Azimio la Umoja One Kenya has had a rocky start after its anti-government protests in Kisumu registered a low turnout on Friday, March 10.
A small number of Azimio supporters showed up for mass protests a day after opposition leader Raila Odinga instructed them to begin anti-government protests.
Moreover, local MCAs with a few supporters are the only ones who converged at Kondele, as many residents watched the unfolding events from a distance.
Kisumu Central ODM party Chairman Seth Kanga led the peaceful demonstration.
“This is a peaceful demonstration, we match with dignity,” Kanga said.
Nevertheless, the low turnout is as opposed to the past demos when Kondele was a hotspot for protests.
Moreover, John Otieno, a resident of Kisumu County said he is not taking part in the demonstration for lack of motivation.
“They call us to demonstrate, but when food is ready, they eat with their children,” stated Otieno.
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“I fear for my life, but that’s the truth I am giving you, even the majority of people you see standing a part, they hold a similar opinion like mine, but they can’t talk,” he added.
Likewise, Kisumu residents opened their businesses despite the call by opposition leader to demonstrate. However, those still loyal to ODM party said Odinga’s call cannot be ignored.
Kisumu resident Samuel Akatch said he has never failed to show up on any demonstration called by Raila Odinga since 2007.
“I am here to show solidarity with Raila, I can’t fail him, I feel the pain he has for this country,” he said.
Moreover, the protesters planned to present a memorandum to Kisumu County Commissioner.
Nevertheless, the road leading to State House Kisumu remained closed with police officers in anti-riot gear manning all the routes leading there.
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