Raila Odinga Declares Run For African Union Seat

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has thrown his hat into the ring for the upcoming African Union Commission chairperson position. With current chairperson Moussa Faki’s term ending, political maneuvering and speculation about successors have been buzzing throughout the continent.

Odinga, a veteran politician with decades of experience in both Kenyan and international affairs, declared his candidacy after extensive consultations.

“I believe I am ready to serve the continent of Africa,” he stated, receiving a significant boost with an endorsement from former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The African Union Commission plays a pivotal role in shaping Africa’s future, tackling issues like economic development, fostering peace and security, and promoting democratic governance across its member states. Leading this powerful organization requires a strong vision and the ability to effectively manage diverse interests.

Odinga outlined his vision for a “more integrated, prosperous, and peaceful Africa,” highlighting key areas he believes demand focused attention. While the election details are yet to be announced, Odinga’s announcement adds another intriguing dimension to the upcoming leadership race.

Mama Ida recounts how Raila Odinga deceived her into being his wife

Dr Ida Odinga, wife of Opposition leader Raila Odinga, shared the captivating story of how a clever surprise orchestrated by Raila hastened their engagement and eventual marriage.

Narrating the story at the 30th memorial anniversary of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, held on Saturday, January 20, in Kisumu, Ida began, “My boyfriend then, Raila Odinga, lied to me that he was taking me for a ride from Kisumu. He took me for a ride through villages and bushes until we arrived at a well-organised home. I asked him, ‘Where is this?’ and he casually responded, ‘This is my home.’”

Ida expressed her surprise, saying, “I was so shocked. I said, ‘Why didn’t you tell me that you are coming to your home? I would have prepared myself mentally and even dress-wise.’ When we got there, the next thing he told me was to come and meet his father.”

The unexpected encounter took Ida by surprise, and she admitted feeling scared at the prospect of meeting the revered Jaramogi Oginga Odinga.

“Who am I to meet the Great Jaramogi Oginga Odinga?” she recalled, adding, “I was damn scared; I almost fainted, but I didn’t. So, I met the old man for the first time. He was such a nice person; he talked nicely, and in the end, he gave me 200 shillings. That was a long time ago. He said, ‘Go buy soda on your way.’ From that day, he made very quick arrangements for us to get married.”

The revelation brought laughter and applause from the audience, showcasing the romantic twist that played a role in Raila and Ida’s enduring love story.

Raila has consistently celebrated his love for Ida, acknowledging the sacrifices she made during his detention and the challenges she faced, including being fired from government positions multiple times to frustrate her.

In a separate event at Catholic University in 2021, Raila recounted his time in detention during President Daniel Moi’s regime, emphasising the strength and sacrifice of Ida in keeping the family together.

“Ida is a very strong person. She has gone through hell herself. For me, they can say I was a troublemaker,” Raila remarked.

The ODM leader highlighted the challenges Ida faced, including being thrown out of her house at Kenya High School with their children for maintaining contact with the detained Raila.

Despite facing adversity, Ida stood by her husband and even went to court to demand his presentation when he was arrested.

Raila praised Ida as a “strong pillar in support,” expressing gratitude for her unwavering commitment and strength throughout their journey.

“Without her, I would not be able to make it. Thank you, darling,” he concluded, affirming the enduring power of love and resilience in the face of adversity.

‘Circumcision & FGM Are Primitive And Irrelevant To Leadership’-Raila Odinga

Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya coalition leader Raila Odinga has condemned the practice of circumcision and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), saying they are primitive and irrelevant to leadership.

Speaking during an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) consultative meeting with local leaders in Teso North, the ODM leader asserted that circumcision is a Bantu cultural practice that was introduced through religion. He said that the practice is not universal among Bantus, as it is not practiced by Bantus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, or South Africa.

“The problem became big because of the issue of circumcision, that someone else says you are still a child because you are not circumcised. Isn’t that stupidity and ignorance? I told them that if you cross to Uganda, you will find that there are only two tribes that used to circumcise.

“This circumcision thing is just a religious thing, it came with religion and passed through here Bantu. Circumcision is a small thing, someone who takes circumcision as a big thing is very stupid,” Raila said.

The opposition chief also condemned FGM, saying it is a primitive and stupid practice. He reiterated that individuals who use the circumcision culture to gauge a person’s capabilities to lead are fools who should be cursed.

“The issue of circumcising women and then thinking you have done an important job is stupid. That a Teso cannot lead because he is not circumcised, someone like that should be cursed because that is the devil,” Raila said.

Raila’s remarks have been welcomed by some Kenyans, who have praised him for speaking out against the two practices. Others, however, have criticized him for being insensitive to the cultural beliefs of some communities.

Wanjigi Aligns with Odinga: Calls for Street Protests Against Rising Cost of Living

Former presidential candidate Jimi Wanjigi has pledged his support for Raila Odinga’s push for street demonstrations to protest the soaring cost of living in Kenya. Both leaders expressed frustration with the government’s response to citizens’ economic struggles.

Wanjigi stated, “I support him 101%,” emphasizing his agreement with Odinga’s call for “street action and maandamano (peaceful protests).” He argued that the current economic hardships warrant a collective outcry for change: “This pain must be expressed…we must express it because we seem to have a government that is not listening.”

Attributing the escalating cost of living to the nation’s rising debt, Wanjigi blamed the Ruto administration for neglecting the plight of its citizens. He urged a return to protests as the most effective way for Kenyans to make their voices heard, saying, “It is not going to be an easy year…and the national debt continues to be the biggest threat to our lives.”

Wanjigi highlighted the impact of loan repayments on tax revenue, claiming that it burdens citizens with higher taxes while leaving limited resources for public needs. He warned that Kenya Kwanza’s policies are pushing the country towards bankruptcy, declaring that “nothing short of a revolution” can rescue the nation from its economic troubles.

This stance aligns with Odinga’s recent comments suggesting he may return to mass action to pressure the government to address its contested policies. He aims to combat Kenya’s high taxation regime and make 2024 a year of economic relief for Kenyan citizens, stating, “We want 2024 to be better than 2023…We want taxes to be reduced and the cost of living to come down. Zakayo (symbolic representation of tax collectors) must stop…must come down and join us.”

Raila Odinga Demands New Task Force To Tackle Exam Malpractices

Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya leader Raila Odinga has condemned the persistent exam irregularities plaguing national examinations and urged the government to establish a new task force to address the issue.

Speaking at a press conference in Nairobi on December 6th, 2023, Odinga expressed grave concerns about the compromised credibility of academic certificates due to exam malpractices. He emphasized that this jeopardizes Kenya’s future competitiveness in both local and global job markets.

“By allowing the integrity of our exams and certification to be questionable, we are subjecting our children to ridicule and diminishing their employment opportunities,” Odinga declared. “The education sector is not solely the government’s responsibility; it belongs to all Kenyans. For the sake of our children, the government must do better.”

Specifically, Odinga cited the recent Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams as an example of compromised integrity. He alleged that the government interfered in the initial stages of exam paper printing, favoring a Mombasa Road-based firm over a previously contracted UK firm due to alleged bribery attempts.

This accusation, if true, paints a disturbing picture of systemic corruption undermining the integrity of Kenya’s education system. Odinga’s demand for a new task force to investigate and address these malpractices is a necessary step towards ensuring fairness, transparency, and accountability in Kenyan education.

The government must seriously consider Odinga’s call to action and take concrete steps to address the persistent problem of exam irregularities. Only then can Kenya ensure a level playing field for all students and guarantee the value and integrity of its academic certificates.

Raila Odinga Urges Employers To Defy Housing Levy Order

In a defiant stance against the government’s insistence on enforcing the Housing Levy, Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya Coalition party leader Raila Odinga has called upon employers to disregard threats from government officials and cease remitting the 1.5% deduction from employee salaries.

Odinga’s remarks came during a media engagement on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, in response to a query regarding the government’s postura following a court ruling declaring the levy unconstitutional.

“I would urge all the employers to immediately stop paying because you will be acting unconstitutionally,” Odinga asserted, emphasizing the court’s decision as final and binding.

He further criticized the government’s attempt to circumvent the court’s ruling, stating, “That is not unlike Kenya Kwanza to try to ignore the rule of law.”

Odinga’s call to employers directly contradicts the directive issued by Lands, Public Works, Housing, and Urban Development Cabinet Secretary (CS) Alice Wahome, who reiterated that employers must continue deducting the Housing Levy and remitting it to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

Wahome warned of penalties for non-compliance, citing the Income Tax Act, which subjects employers to a 2% penalty for each unpaid month.

Odinga’s stance aligns with the broader position of the Azimio coalition, which has challenged the Housing Levy’s legality since its inception. The coalition argues that the levy places an undue burden on both employees and employers, hindering economic growth.

The ongoing debate surrounding the Housing Levy highlights the complexities of balancing government revenue needs with the rights of individuals and businesses. Odinga’s call to employers adds another layer to the discussion, as it remains to be seen whether employers will heed the opposition’s advice or adhere to the government’s directive.

Raila Odinga Links Current Government To His Criticism Of KCPE Results

Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya coalition leader Raila Odinga has expressed his disapproval of the recently released Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) results.

Speaking during an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party recruitment drive on Monday, November 27, 2023, Odinga decried the awarding of identical marks to different candidates in a single subject. He labeled the situation as shameful and attributed it to the alleged mismanagement of the examinations.

“It is disgraceful that children within the same class are receiving identical grades. This government is inept in every aspect of its operations. Why is this the case? God’s curse has befallen them for stealing my victory in the 2022 elections. It will not leave their throats until they are brought down,” Odinga asserted.

His remarks align with the grievances raised by parents and schools regarding the KCPE results announced last week.

In response to these concerns, the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) acknowledged that errors had occurred in the results received via SMS code. KNEC CEO David Njengere explained that configuration issues were the root cause of the discrepancies.

“Only the SMS results were impacted by configuration issues. The results on the KNEC portal are accurate. KNEC informed the SMS service provider, and the error in the text messages was promptly resolved,” Njengere stated.

He acknowledged the existence of genuine cases and pledged to address them promptly. Njengere advised learners to obtain provisional results from their respective schools for more accurate information.

The controversy surrounding the KCPE results has sparked a heated debate about the credibility of the examination process. While KNEC has taken steps to rectify the errors, questions remain about the overall integrity of the examinations.

Raila Celebrates His Brother Oburu As He Turns 80

Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya coalition leader Raila Odinga showered praise on his elder brother Oburu Odinga as he marked his 80th birthday in style on Sunday, October 15.

The former prime minister and political detainee took to social media to thank his brother, born in 1943, for always being there for him, especially during the toughest days of his life.

“Oburu, my beloved brother, I wish you a very happy 80th birthday! We’ve been through a lot together over the years, and you’ve always been there for me. May God continue to bless you,” Raila posted on Twitter.

Raila was among high-ranking dignitaries who graced the Siaya senator’s thanksgiving service and birthday celebration at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology.

Azimio co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka was the chief guest at the colourful ceremony attended by several governors and a host of MPs, Senators and Members of County Assembly (MCAs).

“Joining my elder brother Dr Oburu Oginga Odinga as he celebrated his 80 years – and as his Chief guest – was a true honour. I thank him and the people who welcomed all of us with open hearts.

“Happy birthday my brother and friend. Your strength and committed devotion – not just to your family but to the people of Kenya – is inspiring. God’s blessings,” Kalonzo wrote on Twitter.

The governors who attended the event included James Orengo (Siaya), Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay), Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu) and Mutula Kilonzo Junior (Makueni).

Oburu is the first-born son of the late Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, who served as Kenya’s first vice president, between December 12, 1964 and April 14, 1966.

Happy birthday to Oburu Odinga!

Azimio Leader Raila Odinga Hints At Backing Kalonzo Musyoka In 2027

Azimio la Umoja coalition party leader Raila Odinga has hinted at backing Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka in the 2027 presidential election.

Speaking in Migori on Sunday, Odinga said that either he or Musyoka will fly the Azimio flag in a bid to send President William Ruto packing.

Odinga lauded Musyoka for his loyalty over the years, revealing that the former Vice President’s loyalty will be rewarded in the future by Odinga backing him.

“This man we have stood with him together since the KANU regime, we went ahead together and folded NDP, we went to NARC and even to ODM and we have stood with him twice fighting,” Odinga explained.

He defended Musyoka from frequent attacks by President Ruto, accusing the Head of State of attempting to drive a wedge between them ahead of what is promising to be a hotly-contested election in 2027.

“The man has courage, he is someone to believe in, he is a Christian, a humble guy, and loving, last time I heard Ruto saying that Raila won’t vie so I will have time for Kalonzo,” Odinga added.

Odinga’s statement is a significant boost for Musyoka, who has been seen as a potential challenger to Ruto in 2027. It will also be interesting to see how Odinga’s supporters react to the possibility of him backing Musyoka instead of running himself.

Azimio la Umoja Presents Plan to Reduce Living Expenses in Kenya

Azimio la Umoja leaders have presented the government with a plan to reduce living expenses in Kenya. The plan, which was presented to the National Dialogue Committee during a public hearing on Tuesday, focuses on the following areas:

  • Reducing government waste and corruption: Azimio argues that the high cost of living is partly due to government waste, inefficiencies, and corruption. The coalition proposes to eradicate theft of public money, wastages, and hold public officers accountable.
  • Lowering taxes and interest rates: Azimio proposes to lower taxes on fuel, food, energy, SMEs, and the housing levy. The coalition also proposes to lower loan rates to encourage output.
  • Encouraging saving and investment: Azimio argues that the high interest rates in Kenya have discouraged both saving and investing. The coalition proposes to implement policies that will reward savings deposits and reduce the spread between lending and savings rates.
  • Addressing the budget deficit and currency depreciation: Azimio criticizes the government for presiding over a record budget deficit and the depreciation of the Kenyan shilling. The coalition proposes to implement policies to reduce the budget deficit and stabilize the shilling.

Azimio’s plan has been praised by some economists and analysts, who argue that it addresses some of the root causes of the high cost of living in Kenya. However, other economists have expressed skepticism about the plan, arguing that it is difficult to implement and that it may lead to higher inflation.

It remains to be seen whether the government will adopt Azimio’s plan. However, the plan provides a roadmap for addressing the high cost of living, which is a major concern for many Kenyans.

Raila Odinga Celebrates Wife Ida’s 73rd Birthday & Their 50th Wedding Anniversary

Raila Odinga threw a fancy birthday party for his wife Ida on Friday, August 24, to celebrate her 73rd birthday and their 50th wedding anniversary. The event was held at a five-star hotel in Nairobi and was attended by family and friends, including politicians, musicians, and business leaders.

Ida looked radiant in a patterned top and skirt with golden accents, while Raila was dapper in a blue outfit. The couple danced the night away and were clearly enjoying each other’s company.

Ida’s children, Winnie, Raila Junior, and Rosemary, also spoke at the event, expressing their love and appreciation for their mother. They also donated a whopping KSh 1 million to her foundation.

“Mum, we love you and will always be there for you. Thank you for everything,” Winnie said, flanked by Raila Junior, his wife and Rosemary.

The party was a joyous occasion, and it was clear that Raila and Ida are still very much in love after 50 years of marriage. They are an inspiration to many, and their love story is a testament to the power of commitment and dedication.

Sonko Accuses Raila of Betrayal

Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has accused opposition leader Raila Odinga of betraying him politically, despite the many favors he did for the ODM chief.

Sonko made the claims on Tuesday in Machakos County during the burial of Ms Anastasia Musau, the mother of Mwala MP Vincent Musyoka Kawaya.

He said that Odinga had asked him to get jobs for some members of his family, and that he had obliged. He cited the example of Ms Beryl Odinga, whom he said he appointed as the chairperson of the Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company Board.

“I appointed Mr Odinga’s sister as the chairperson of Nairobi Water, I went ahead and appointed his cousin as the chairperson of Mbagathi Hospital board. I gave a number of people linked to him the lucrative positions of chief officers,” Sonko said.

He further claimed that Odinga had also asked him to dig him a borehole in his house, and that he had also done this. Sonko said that the ODM boss had asked him to dig a number of boreholes for some private families.

However, Sonko said that when he fell out of favor with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government, it was Odinga who dealt the final blow to his political career.

“Despite all the favors I did for him, he still worked with former President Uhuru Kenyatta and ensured that I am impeached as the governor of Nairobi,” Sonko said, adding that Odinga is a thankless political leader.

Sonko was impeached as the governor of Nairobi County in December 2020 after the Senate voted overwhelmingly to have him thrown out of office. The former governor is also facing charges of gross abuse of office in court.

Odinga has not yet responded to Sonko’s accusations.

In the meantime, Sonko’s claims have sparked a debate on social media, with some people supporting him and others criticizing him. Some people have accused Sonko of being ungrateful, while others have said that Odinga is a power-hungry politician who will betray anyone who gets in his way.

The truth of the matter is likely somewhere in between. It is possible that Sonko did indeed do favors for Odinga, but it is also possible that Odinga did not betray him. Ultimately, only Sonko and Odinga know the truth of what happened.

Raila refuses to hold talks with Ruto unless this one condition is met

The political crisis in Kenya is taking a new turn, with opposition leader Raila Odinga demanding the participation of a mediator in any negotiations with President William Ruto. Odinga has said that he does not trust Ruto and that a mediator is necessary to ensure that the talks are fair and productive.

Ruto has not yet responded to Odinga’s demand, but it is possible that he will agree to mediation. If so, the talks could follow the format of the 2007-2008 negotiations that led to the formation of the government of National Unity. In those talks, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan played a key role in mediating a settlement between Odinga and then-President Mwai Kibaki.

It is unclear whether Ruto would be willing to accept Annan or another mediator as a third party. However, if he is serious about resolving the political crisis, he will need to be willing to compromise and work with Odinga.

The involvement of a mediator could help to break the deadlock between Odinga and Ruto and pave the way for a negotiated settlement. However, it is important to note that there is no guarantee that the talks will be successful. Even if the two sides agree to mediation, there is still a risk that they will not be able to reach an agreement.

Only time will tell whether the political crisis in Kenya can be resolved through negotiations. However, the involvement of a mediator is a positive step that could help to increase the chances of success.

Ida Odinga tells all about Raila’s health

Raila Odinga, the leader of the Azimio Coalition, has recovered from the illness that caused him to disappear from the public eye during the three-day protests scheduled by his team last week.

Raila’s wife, Ida Odinga, informed the Star on Monday morning that her husband was back on track and going about his business as usual.

“He has recovered well and is out and about conducting his activities. The cold has cleared,” she said briefly when asked about the ODM leader’s whereabouts.

Ida declined to comment on when the former Premier is likely to resurface in public to lead the anti-government campaign, saying she could only address Raila’s health problems.

Today marks exactly two weeks since the former Prime Minister kept a low profile, relying mostly on social media and proxies to deliver his messages.

The ODM leader has been conspicuously missing from platforms where the opposition is engaging wananchi, including press conferences and street demonstrations.

Asked if there could be any other challenge with the former Prime Minister, to explain his long silence, Ida said, “There is nothing to worry about.”

Raila’s absence from the public eye had sparked speculation about his health, with some reports claiming that he had been hospitalized. However, Ida’s statement confirms that Raila was simply recovering from a cold.

Raila’s return to the public eye comes at a time when the opposition is gearing up for another round of protests against the Finance Act, 2023, and to press for electoral reforms. The government has warned the opposition against holding the protests, but Raila has vowed to go ahead with them.

It remains to be seen how the government will respond to the protests, but Raila’s return to the public eye is a sign that he is not backing down from his fight against the government.

Raila Odinga is unwell and has taken bed rest

Azimio leader Raila Odinga has revealed that he is unwell and has been on bed rest. The Opposition leader, who did not show up for the anti-government protests he called on Wednesday, July 19 and Thursday, July 20, said that he had been suffering from a terrible flu.

Mr Odinga told the Nation that he travelled to the coast last week and spent the weekend there nursing his illness. He said that he was feeling better now and would soon be up on his feet.

The Azimio leader’s whereabouts had been the subject of speculation after he failed to show up for the protests. Some bloggers had claimed that he was unwell and admitted to an undisclosed hospital, but Mr Odinga said that these claims were not true.

He said that he had been in constant communication with his colleagues and that they were coordinating the nationwide protests.

Mr Odinga also said that he was not seeking a back-door deal with President William Ruto. He said that the Kenya Kwanza regime was being arrogant in its push to raise taxes, and that it had “refused to listen to the cries of Kenyans”.

Dr Ruto has said that he is willing to lead talks with the Opposition on the cost-of-living crisis, but he will not negotiate a power-sharing deal with Mr Odinga.

The protests are scheduled to continue until President Ruto capitulates and agrees to dialogue.

Raila Odinga Denies Claims That His Bodyguard Has Been Released

Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga has denied claims that his bodyguard Maurice Ogeta has been released.

Ogeta was allegedly abducted by unknown assailants on Wednesday morning. According to ODM’s director of communications Philip Etale, Ogeta was accosted by unknown assailants suspected to be police officers on his way to work from home who flagged him down and then bundled him in his car’s boot.

Etale claims that after a few minutes drive, the car stalled and the assailants had to force Ogeta out of the boot to help them restart it. He was then taken to an unknown destination.

Odinga said that he has not been able to reach Ogeta since his alleged abduction and that he is concerned about his safety. He called on the government to release Ogeta immediately.

The Azimio coalition has also demanded Ogeta’s release, terming his abduction as unlawful and malicious.

The arrests of Ogeta and other Azimio affiliates come as the country is facing a wave of anti-government protests. The protests were called in response to the recent increase in fuel prices.

The government has condemned the violence and has called on the opposition to hold peaceful demonstrations.

Odinga has said that he supports the right to peaceful protest and that he will not be intimidated by the government’s actions.

Where is Raila?!

Winnie Odinga, daughter of Azimio leader Raila Odinga, has assured the public that her father is safe and well after being noticeably absent from the July 19 demonstrations.

Raila Odinga had earlier affirmed that the countrywide protests would persist, vowing that Kenyans would not back down in the pursuit of their rights.

In a show of support and to dispel rumors about her father’s well-being, Winnie Odinga posted a screenshot photo on her social media account, capturing a call from Raila with his portrait as her screensaver.

Alongside the photo, she wrote: “Now where is this Baba story coming from? Baba is fine. He just bored me with his long gym story 30 minutes ago.”

The absence of Raila from the initial demonstrations on Wednesday had led to speculation and concerns among supporters, but Winnie’s assurance has put those fears to rest.

Raila, in a video shared on his official Twitter account on Thursday morning, documented alleged incidents of police brutality that occurred during Wednesday’s countrywide protests.

Despite facing challenges and adversity, the opposition leader remained steadfast in his resolve to continue the peaceful demonstrations.

“The voice of the people must be heard. Our peaceful protests continue,” Raila captioned the video, reaffirming the determination of Kenyans to push for their rights and demand accountability from the government.

In an exclusive interview with Nation, Raila Odinga spoke from an undisclosed location, expressing gratitude to Kenyans for their unwavering support during the protests.

He also made it clear that the demonstrations will proceed as planned.

“We will continue with our peaceful demonstrations as planned,” Raila stated.

“But we will stop at 5 pm today (Wednesday) and resume tomorrow (Thursday) morning. We will continue to agitate for our rights; as Kenyans, we won’t give up.”

The primary objective of the three-day countrywide protests is to pressure President William Ruto’s administration to address the issue of the high cost of living, especially in light of the tax hikes contained in the suspended Finance Act of 2023.

Winnie Odinga’s assurance that her father is safe and well has come as a relief to many Kenyans who were concerned about his whereabouts. The protests are set to continue on Thursday, and it remains to be seen how the government will respond.

ODM Claims Raila Odinga’s Bbodyguard Abducted, Babu Owino Arrested

Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga’s bodyguard Maurice Ogeta has reportedly been abducted by unknown men suspected to be police officers, the ODM party has said.

In a statement on Wednesday, ODM’s director of communications Philip Etale said Ogeta was accosted by the assailants on his way to work from home on Wednesday morning. The men flagged him down and then bundled him into the boot of his car.

After a few minutes drive, Etale claims, the car stalled and the assailants had to force Ogeta out of the boot to help them restart it.

“After driving for a few minutes, the vehicle stalled and they got him out of the boot to show them how to restart it before returning him to the boot and speeding off to an unknown destination,” read the statement in part.

Etale further claimed that Embakasi East MP Babu Owino was apprehended on Tuesday night moments after arriving in Nairobi from Mombasa. Owino and other Members of Parliament from Nairobi County are said to have attended a meeting with officials from Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KERRA) in Mombasa.

MP Owino had also taken to his Facebook page claiming that he had been arrested.

“Have been detained by the DCI JKIA after my arrival from Mombasa. Currently under arrest,” he wrote.

Citizen Digital has since reached out to the MP for a comment, but his phone could not go through.

The alleged incidents come in the wake of anti-government protests scheduled to happen on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The ODM party has condemned the abduction of Ogeta and the arrest of Owino, calling them “a clear attempt by the government to intimidate and silence its opponents.”

The party has demanded the immediate release of Ogeta and Owino, and has called for an investigation into the incidents.

Azimio Coalition to Hold Countrywide Protests on Wednesday

Azimio Coalition leader Raila Odinga has announced that the coalition will hold countrywide protests on Wednesday, July 19, regardless of whether the government issues a permit.

Odinga said that the protests are being held to demand that the government address the high cost of living and other issues affecting Kenyans. He urged Kenyans to come out in large numbers to participate in the demonstrations.

DAP-K leader Eugene Wamalwa echoed Odinga’s sentiments, saying that the coalition would not be cowed by the government. He urged Kenyans to continue signing the petition against President William Ruto’s administration on both digital and manual collection platforms.

The Coalition has also announced that they will take five days off to mourn the lives lost during Wednesday protests. At least nine people were killed during the anti-government protests according to the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights.

KNCHR said four people were killed in Mlolongo while Kitengela, Emali, Sondu and Migori reported one death each.

The protests are likely to be met with a heavy police presence. The government has already warned that it will not tolerate any violence.

It remains to be seen how the protests will unfold. However, it is clear that the Azimio Coalition is determined to make its voice heard.

Gachagua loses face as his own yard joins Raila led Maandamano

Raila Odinga’s anti-government protests have spread to more counties, with businesses closed and roads abandoned ahead of the planned demonstrations.

In Kisii, Nyamira, Migori, Kisumu, Nairobi, and Nakuru, protesters have taken to the streets to demand that the government address the rising cost of living. In Nyeri, which is Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua’s backyard, motorists also took to the streets to protest. Some matatu operators also halted operations.

In Nyamira, youths were spotted holding tear gas canisters that had been used by police to disperse them. Demonstrators blocked the Nyamira-Kisii road with burning car tires and stones. In Kisumu, youths were playing soccer in the empty streets adjacent to the main bus park as a dozen police officers looked on.

The situation was no different in Nairobi, where Jogoo Road, usually the busiest road in the city, was eerily empty. Very few vehicles or pedestrians were spotted. In Mombasa, the central business district was turned into a battlefield between police and protesters.

Police have remained vigilant, monitoring the situation even as protesters camp at various locations within the towns. Opposition leader Raila Odinga has dispatched key members of the Azimio coalition to lead anti-government demonstrations at the grassroots.

Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition party has remained positive ahead of their planned protests despite a police ban. In response to the statement by police Inspector General Japhet Koome announcing the ban, Azimio appeared to taunt the police, saying the protests will go on as planned.

The protests are a sign of growing discontent with the government’s handling of the economy. The cost of living has been rising steadily in recent months, and many Kenyans are struggling to make ends meet. The protests are a way for people to express their frustration and demand that the government take action.

It remains to be seen how the government will respond to the protests. However, the protests are a clear sign that the people are not happy with the status quo.

Matatu driver who ferried Raila claims he is being harassed

Raila Odinga entered the bus like any other passenger, according to Duncan Murage, the bus driver who drove the politician to town on Monday.

The matatu driver claimed in an interview with KTN News that the Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya leader stopped the matatu to board when he was on his usual routine of transporting passengers from Ng’ong town to Nairobi CBD and back.

“Alisimamisha tu gari sisi tulimshtukia tu, akaingia tu kama mtu wa kawaida tukambeba. Vile sisi huwa tunakuja tukabeba watu, tukaenda hadi GPO akashuka.”

According to him, there was a lot of commotion and noise as onlookers came to see what was going on after the ODM leader boarded the vehicle.

He claims that when Raila conversed with other passengers in the back, he proceeded to operate the bus to the town as he would normally.

“Ata sikupata chance ya kuongea na yeye. Aliingia tu huko nyuma kama mtu wa kawaida. Sikuogopa juu mimi ni mtu wa kawaida tu.  Vile sisi hubeba watu tu, niliendesha gari tu hivyo.”

Murage admitted that it surprised him much to see one of Kenya’s leading politicians take his bus to town and that it made him feel incredibly happy inside.

Additionally, he disclosed that the previous candidate for president paid his bus payment in the same manner as other regular riders.

“Kila mtu alijisort kwa gari. Alijilipia.

Murage stated that some of the people close to him have been bothering him with phone calls in an effort to take advantage of the goodies they believe the ODM leader will reward them on Monday, despite the positive attention his matatu received after Raila boarded it for work.

“Wanasema Baba alitujenga lakini hakuna kitu kama hiyo. Alibebwa tu kama mtu wa kawaida. Gari imepata tu hype.”

Murage claimed that if given the opportunity to chauffeur a prominent politician, he would do so with pride and diligence.

Raila Odinga Spotted Using A Matatu To Work

Opposition leader Raila Odinga rode public transportation to work on Monday, July 10, in protest of the soaring fuel prices.

Seated among the passengers, Odinga engaged in conversations with other commuters about the high cost of living and the government’s decision to increase VAT tax from 8% to 16%.

Odinga has been urging Kenyans to boycott fuel and adopt alternative modes of transportation, such as walking to work, carpooling, and reducing non-essential travel.

He believes that by doing so, citizens can decrease their reliance on fuel and limit the government’s ability to collect additional tax revenue.

Odinga has also been encouraging Kenyans to express their dissatisfaction with the government through peaceful protests.

“We must show the government that we are not happy with the way they are handling the economy,” he said. “We must let them know that we will not accept these high fuel prices.”

Odinga’s decision to ride public transportation is a symbolic gesture of his support for ordinary Kenyans who are struggling to make ends meet. It is also a reminder that the government must be held accountable for its policies.

It remains to be seen whether Odinga’s call for a boycott will be successful. However, his actions have certainly put the government on notice and sparked a national conversation about the high cost of living.

Azimio activist Gaucho demands Raila name Kalonzo his successor

Calvince “Gaucho” Okoth, a self-proclaimed ghetto president, has called for unity among the youth in the opposition’s Azimio la Umoja coalition.

Speaking at a church service attended by Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Gaucho said that the youth need to come together and overcome the challenges they face in their daily lives.

He also urged the youth to be vigilant and to protect themselves from harm, in light of recent threats against Raila Odinga.

Gaucho thanked Musyoka for supporting him during the tough political times he has endured in recent times. He also noted that several lawmakers skipped the recent countrywide anti-government protests called by Azimio leader Raila Odinga.

Gaucho has been a vocal critic of President William Ruto’s government. He has also been critical of some of the politicians in Odinga’s circle.

In recent months, Gaucho has claimed that he has been attacked and beaten by unknown people. He has also said that he has been targeted for criticism and even accused of receiving bribes from the government.

Despite these challenges, Gaucho remains committed to fighting for the rights of the youth. He urged the youth to unite and to overcome the divisions that have been created by politicians.

He also warned against any attempts to harm himself or Odinga, saying that those who dare to lay a hand on them will face severe consequences.

Gaucho’s call for unity among the youth is timely, as the 2022 general elections approach. The youth are a powerful force in Kenyan politics, and they can make a significant difference in the outcome of the elections.

If the youth can unite and vote together, they can elect leaders who will represent their interests and who will fight for their rights.

Gaucho’s message of hope and unity is a powerful one, and it is one that the youth should heed. By uniting, the youth can make a difference in Kenya and create a better future for themselves and their country.

Raila Odinga Accuses William Ruto of Dictatorship

Raila Odinga, the leader of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance, has accused President William Ruto of becoming a dictator.

“It has become clear that we are dealing with a dictator,” Odinga said. “Ruto has become a heartless tyrant and we are determined to have this situation corrected.”

Odinga also confirmed that the Kamukunji meeting, which is scheduled to take place in Nairobi this Friday, is still on. He said that similar gatherings will be held all over the country to kick off the “third liberation.”

“We are here to announce that Our Kamukunji meeting is on in Nairobi this Friday as we had announced,” Odinga said. “It is not just Kamukunji in Nairobi but a Kamukunji across the country where this third liberation will be launched.”

Odinga said that the meetings will also be used to collect signatures to show opposition to Ruto’s policies.

“That day, July 7, 2023, among other activities, we will launch a signature collection to signify our rejection of the illegitimate Kenya Kwanza regime and their policies, especially the punitive taxes,” Odinga said.

Odinga said that the cost of food, transportation, and fuel has all increased, and that people can no longer suffer in silence.

“We are not going to sit back and watch as Ruto and his allies impoverish our people,” Odinga said. “We are going to fight back and we are going to win.”

Tunataka handshake! Atwoli Urges Ruto and Odinga to Meet to Discuss Economy

Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli has urged President William Ruto and Raila Odinga to meet to discuss solutions to the poor economy.

Atwoli, who spoke in a video shared by Citizen TV, said that the two leaders are the only ones who can solve the current economic mess. He dismissed the bipartisan talks that were recently launched, saying that they are meaningless.

“That commission does not have any meaning. It is upon Raila Odinga and William Ruto to sit down and look at ways to address these problems. They are stakeholders in this country. The people in the tribunals are small people who cannot advise the two leaders. They need to meet for the common good of this country. It is not a must to have a handshake,” Atwoli said.

He also explained that countries in the East African Community (EAC) and other neighbours depended on Kenya and the state of our economy might affect them.

“They need to think about how they can save our shilling, economy. The whole of the East African Community and other neighbours solely depend on our economy. When we destroy our economy, the whole of East Africa will be done,” he said.

Atwoli’s call comes at a time when the Kenyan economy is facing a number of challenges, including high inflation, rising unemployment, and a depreciating currency. The two leaders have been at loggerheads for years, but Atwoli believes that they need to put their differences aside and work together to save the country’s economy.

It remains to be seen whether Ruto and Odinga will heed Atwoli’s call, but the stakes are high. The future of Kenya’s economy, and indeed the East African Community, may depend on it.

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Raila Odinga Threatens to Resume Weekly Demonstrations

Azimio la Umoja One-Kenya leader Raila Odinga has threatened to resume the coalition’s weekly demonstrations if the bipartisan committee tasked with resolving the electoral impasse does not reach an agreement within the next two weeks.

Odinga made the remarks at the Jubilee Party’s National Delegates Conference at Ngong Racecourse in Nairobi on Monday, May 22, 2023.

“We have given the bipartisan committee two weeks to reach an agreement. If they fail to do so, we will resume our weekly demonstrations,” Odinga said.

The demonstrations were launched by Azimio la Umoja One-Kenya in January 2023 to pressure the government to address the electoral impasse. The demonstrations have been met with mixed reactions, with some Kenyans supporting them and others opposing them.

The bipartisan committee is made up of representatives from the government, the opposition, and civil society organizations. The committee was formed in March 2023 to find a solution to the electoral impasse.

The committee has held several meetings, but it has not yet reached an agreement. The committee is expected to meet again in the coming days.

Odinga’s threat to resume the demonstrations comes as the country prepares for the general elections in August 2023. The elections are expected to be closely contested, and there are concerns that the electoral process could be marred by irregularities.

The government has said that it is committed to ensuring that the elections are free, fair, and credible. However, the opposition has expressed doubts about the government’s commitment.

The electoral impasse is a major challenge facing Kenya ahead of the general elections. The impasse has the potential to destabilize the country and undermine the democratic process.

It is important for the government and the opposition to work together to find a solution to the impasse. The future of Kenya depends on it.