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Raila gears up for next move as mass action deadline expires today

Raila’s two-week ultimatum to President Ruto expires on Wednesday at midnight.

Azimio leader Raila Odinga

Azimio leader Raila Odinga is set to announce the Opposition’s next steps as the 14-day ultimatum issued to President William Ruto ends on Wednesday.

Speaking at the Senate on Tuesday, Raila affirmed that his call for mass action kicks off on Thursday, should the government not meet the Opposition’s demands.

“The deadline is at midnight, so you will hear from us on Thursday,” the ODM party leader told reporters.

The former Prime Minister had required President Ruto’s administration to lower the cost of living, hold off on reconstituting the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and lower taxes.


“If these demands are not heeded within fourteen days, we shall lead Kenyans to massive mass action across the country to take their power back and restore sanity,” Raila said at the time.

Among the actions Raila and the Opposition plan to take is a match to State House.


Despite a rocky start to the year, member parties of the Azimio One Kenya coalition party have agreed to back Raila's call for mass action.

Speaking at the Jubilee Party headquarters on Tuesday, Secretary-General Jeremiah Kioni confirmed that the party is ready for mass action.

"I can assure you that we are on course. When the call for us to join others is made by Raila in the course of the period that he will we will be there.

"Today as we sit here we are dealing with people who have formed a company, the William-Riggy G company that has taken everything and is threatening the media," he stated.


Over the weekend, ODM party chairmen from 35 counties also confirmed that they would mobilise supporters for the mass action protests.


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