Azimio La Umoja leader Raila Odinga on Sunday cautioned the head of state against underestimating him during his second public rally to urge followers to challenge President William Ruto’s leadership.
In an address in Nairobi’s Jacaranda Gardens, Odinga, who was narrowly defeated by Ruto in the country’s heated presidential election in August of last year, urged the president to consider Kenya’s historical precedent, particularly his position as an opposition leader.
Odinga specifically referred to his role in the Nyayo administration of Kenya’s second president, Daniel Moi, and he encouraged Ruto and his deputy, Rigathi Gachagua, to be wary of him.
“Ruto and Gachagua have threatened me, calling my protests all kinds of names.
You don’t know about us, I want to say to Ruto.
Please ask Mr. Nyayo.
The previous prime minister asserted that the voice of God is the power of the people.
The Azimio leader pushed for the Kenya Kwanza administration to adhere to the demands he set during his protest last week, including the requirement that President Ruto and all government officials step down.
Odinga reiterated his call for an audit of the whole Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) infrastructure, which he believes was manipulated in favor of Ruto during the 2022 elections.
“It is for the benefit of the Kenyan people, not for any personal gain.
Kenyans must be able to participate in elections, cast ballots, and have their votes recorded, according to him.
Additionally, he said that in the upcoming days, he would be holding demonstrations in the counties, saying, “We want Kenyans to remain firm.
Machakos, Nakuru, Kakamega, Kisii, Kisumu, and Kiambu are just a some of the places we’ll visit before returning to Nairobi, Odinga promised supporters.
In recent days, President Ruto and DP Gachagua publicly dismissed the Azimio leader’s criticism as a calculated move to get him to reach a political ceasefire with the Kenya Kwanza administration, similar to his “handshake” with former president Uhuru Kenyatta on March 9, 2018.
Team Odinga has refuted the allegations.