Martha Karua, the leader of Narc Kenya, has called on Raila Odinga, the leader of Azimio, to declare March 20 a public holiday to allow their supporters to participate in mass action. She made the remarks while speaking in Siaya on Tuesday during the Azimio Public Baraza, stating that it was incumbent upon Raila to make such a move as the people's president.
Karua argued that it would be impossible to participate in mass action and go to work at the same time. However, the mandate to declare public holidays lies with the cabinet secretary in charge of the Interior Ministry, according to the law. Section 3 of the Public Holidays Act states that the minister may, at any time, declare any day to be a public holiday either in addition to the days mentioned in the Schedule or in substitution for any of those days.
Raila had officially declared the start of mass action against the Kenyan government, but delayed the onset of the demos to March 20. Karua reiterated that Azimio won the presidential contest and failure to open the servers leaves them with little option but to rally their supporters to the streets to seek justice.
She said that the mass action was not for Raila's benefit but for the interest of the electorate whose choice of the ballot was violated. Karua called on citizens to come out and participate in the peaceful protests. Raila stated that the mass action would take the form of street demonstrations, picketing, boycotts, disobedience, peaceful petitions, and sit-ins.
He urged supporters to save the date and participate in the massive procession in Nairobi for a legitimate and inclusive government. The call for a public holiday is aimed at allowing as many supporters as possible to participate in the protests and make their voices heard.
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