The Njuri Ncheke elders have spoken out against the planned demonstrations by opposition leader Raila Odinga, calling it an act of treason.
The elders, who are revered as the custodians of Meru culture and traditions, issued a statement on Friday, 17th March, 2023, condemning the planned protests.
The statement, read by their chairman, warned Mr. Odinga against holding the demonstrations at State House, saying it amounted to treason.
The elders claimed that State House was a symbol of national unity and should not be used to advance political interests.
"State House is the official residence of the President of the Republic of Kenya and the symbol of our national unity. Holding demonstrations there is not only disrespectful but also a threat to our national security. We therefore urge Mr. Raila Odinga to reconsider his decision," said Mr. Kathera.
The statement has been met with mixed reactions, with some political analysts calling it a politically motivated move by the ruling party to stifle opposition activities. However, others have praised the elders for taking a stand on national unity and security.
The planned demonstrations by Mr. Odinga are part of his Azimio La Umoja campaign, aimed at prompting President William Ruto to resign.
The planned demonstrations are scheduled for Monday, 20th March, and are expected to draw thousands of supporters from across the country. The police have assured the public of their readiness to provide security and maintain law and order during the protests.
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