Azimio leader Raila Odinga’s decision to halt the disorderly anti-government protests has earned him Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua s commendation.
Immediately after President William Ruto appealed to Raila to cease the mass protest and create space for talks, Raila declared his decision.
The ex-prime minister expressed his consent to the president’s appeal for communication, while addressing on Sunday, April 2. The ex-official quoted that his team is all set to initiate a conversation which devotes towards resolving the major concerns they have raised, including the exorbitant expenses incurred in everyday life.
Rigathi Gachagua praised Raila’s decision to seek a resolution through Parliament and applauds his actions as statesmanship. He took to social media shortly after to express his congratulations and voiced his respect for Raila’s willingness to embrace dialogue over violence. Rigathi Gachagua notes that Raila’s actions are in line with the Constitution and laws of Kenya.
Ruto’s administration must operate under the rule of law, according to the second in command, who also stated that violence and property damage are not permitted in Kenya.
He further stated that the government’s dedication to safeguarding people and assets will persist in the future, as per the President’s declaration.
Raila set forth a few requirements upon agreeing to engage in a constructive conversation. He urged that all detentions and prosecutions associated with the Azimio protests be immediately ceased.
Without any conditions, he insisted on the immediate release of protesters who were detained. In addition, Raila asserted that former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioners, specifically Juliana Cherera, Justus Nyang’aya, Francis Wanderi, and Irene Masit, should be reinstated. Additionally, he stressed that the government should resume the subsidies previously implemented by former president Uhuru Kenyatta.
In their planned discussions, the Opposition leader emphasized that dealing with the exorbitant cost of living is crucial. He maintained that if the talks do not yield positive results within a week, then they will recommence holding protests against the government.
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