Muthama urges Kenyans to shun Raila's public rallies

Muthama urges Kenyans to shun Raila's public rallies

  • This comes as Raila vowed to launch public demonstrations to oppose President William Ruto's administration at the Kamukunji grounds on Wednesday, December 7 and Monday, December 12.
  • The tussle stems from the suspension of four IEBC commissioners; Vice Chairperson Juliana Cherera, Irene Masit, Francis Wanderi and Justus Nyang’aya - who resigned on Friday.

Former Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama has called on Kenyans to reject the public rallies planned by Azimio la Umoja's leader Raila Odinga.

This comes as Raila vowed to launch public demonstrations to oppose President William Ruto's administration at the Kamukunji grounds on Wednesday, December 7 and Monday, December 12.

“On the 7th of December, at the historic Kamukunji grounds here in Nairobi, we will launch public consultations with the people of Kenya to brainstorm on the direction the country is taking,” he stated during a meeting with Azimio leaders on Friday.

“We will return to the Kamukunji grounds on 12th December to continue with these consultations on the state of the Kenyan nation and also to have a prayer for democracy in our country which is right now under threat by this administration.”

In a rejoinder on Sunday, Muthama claimed that the move is a plot to disunite Kenyans and will erode the achievements made thus far in building a peaceful nation.

"The Mass Action Raila has called for on 7th and 12th December 2022 is a clear indication that he has failed to reconcile himself with the reality of the times we are living in, where every effort must be directed towards uplifting the lives of those who occupy the bottom of economic pyramid," he wrote on Twitter.

"I therefore, call upon every Kenyan to shun his attempts to cause disunity in this Country."

The tussle stems from the suspension of four IEBC commissioners; Vice Chairperson Juliana Cherera, Irene Masit, Francis Wanderi and Justus Nyang’aya - who resigned on Friday.

Raila is also accusing Ruto's administration of confronting the 'Cherera Four' as a plan to influence the 2027 elections.

“This probe is politically motivated; it is a continuation of the witch-hunt mission that Ruto is on. We advise the commissioners to boycott it in the interest of constitutionalism and rule of law,” Odinga said at a past address.

Meanwhile, the commissioners are awaiting their fate as they prepare to appear before a tribunal seeking their removal from office.

President Ruto argues that the decision came following a recommendation by the National Assembly that sought to oust the commissioners over their conduct during the August 9, 2022 General Election.

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