Former prime minister Raila Odinga has been holding rallies across, according to him, the rallies are meant to push the President William Ruto to lower the cost of living in the country.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga in a past rally. Photo/Courtesy
His rallies are also meant to protest against Ruto's major decisions such as the process of recruitment of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chairperson and the Six Commisioners. Raila also claims that President Ruto never won the presidency and has always insisted that the Servers have to be opened to confirm that he won the polls.
However it has always been alleged that the former prime minister is pushing for a handshake with President Ruto something he has always denied.
Political Analyst Fred Ogola however views the rallies differently. According to him, it is President Ruto who pushed Raila to start holding the demonstrations across the country. According to him, Ruto's move to poach leaders elected on the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition party tickets provoked Raila.
He claimed that the move created disconnect with Raila's supporters, this pushed him to embark on rallies to test how popular he is. The rallies dubbed public Barasas are meant to test the waters for Mass action according to Ogola.
"President Ruto has been taking Raila’s allies and disarming the opposition which created a disconnect with Raila’s people. That is why he went for people’s baraza to test whether he has numbers before calling for mass action,”- Prof Fred Ogola" The lawyer stated.
Ruto has already won the loyalty of a number of Orange Democratic Movement party members of parliament who are now supporting the government. He has also won the support of Jubilee party members of parliament who have never taken part in these demonstrations.
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