- Feb 7, 2022
Kiongozi wa Upinzani Raila Odinga amezindua mchakato wa kukusanya saini milioni 10 kabla ya Ijumaa wiki ijayo kwa lengo la kumuondoa Rais William Ruto madarakani.
Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Party leader Raila Odinga has vowed to marshal up over 10 million signatures to kick-start what he terms as a revolution against President William Ruto’s government.
Odinga was speaking at the Kamukunji Grounds in Nairobi where he convened a protest rally to unveil what he previously termed as a program of nationwide civil disobedience to force the Kenya Kwanza regime home.
The opposition leader however only made a brief address at Kamukunji before asking his supporters to march to Central Park in the Nairobi CBD, despite a police warning that the city centre would be a no-go zone for the demonstrators.
"Tunaanza hiyo harakati ya kuchukua mamlaka moja kwa moja. Kwanza lazima ijulikane sisi ni wanagpi na ndio maana tunaaza harakati ya kuweka sahihi ili kuonyesha tumechukua hiyo mamlaka chini yetu."
"Mimi mwenyewe, Raila Amolo Odinga nitaanza hapa hadharani kuweka sahihi na nyinyi nyote mtapata hiyo makaratasi mtaweka masahihi zenu ili kabla ya misho ya wiki ijayo tuwe na zaidi ya sahihi zaidi ya milioni kumi," he said.
According to the Azimio leader claims the mass signature collection will signal the withdrawal of their sovereignty from the current government and will be part of an initiative to remove President Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua from office.
Heavy security including anti-riot police has been strategically deployed at various points of the city to ensure the Azimio protesters do not make their way into the city.
Police officers have been forced to lob teargas canisters to repulse the mounting crowds trying to mill into the major roads.
Meanwhile, similar rallies to historically mirror the Saba Saba Day have been staged in various parts of the country including Kisumu, Kisii, Kakamega, Kirinyaga, Machakos, Nyahururu.
Various Azimio leaders have been deployed to lead protests at the grassroot.
Saba Saba: Raila's Car Damaged In Battle With Anti-Riot Police
Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Party leader Raila Odinga's vehicle was on Friday damaged during running battles between protesters and anti-riot police.
Odinga had convened a rally at Kamukunji Grounds where he rallied his supporters to kickstart an initiative he says is aimed at pushing President William Ruto and his government out of office.
After addressing the Kamukunji rally, Odinga called on his supporters to march to Central Park in the Nairobi CBD where he was set to make a further address.
The Odinga-led Azimio convoy would however be met with force by a heavily armed contingent of anti-riot police officers determined to ensure the thousands of protesters following the opposition leader do not make their way into the city centre.
Police had earlier issued a warning that the city centre was a no-go zone for the Saba Saba demonstrations.
During the melee, several vehicles on the opposition leader's convoy including his vehicle got their rear windows shattered.
The Azimio leaders were forced to scamper for safety and head to the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Foundation (JOOF) centre where the damage on the vehicles was inspected in front of the press.
Addressing journalists, Odinga claimed his vehicle was hit by a live bullet fired by police whom he claim were aiming for his life.
Source: Citizen Digital