Odinga warns Ruto not to silence the opposition during the Tuesday protest

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga maintained his call for nationwide protests on Tuesday over the high cost of living, citing the government’s reluctance and lack of willingness to hold talks to resolve  the main problems.

Odinga and senior members of the Azimio coalition have pledged to resume weekly protests despite the government’s recent decision to hold bipartisan talks in parliament to resolve the main  issues. including reforming the electoral system and opening election servers to verify the validity of votes.

Former prime minister Raila Odinga on Monday also warned the president not to silence the opposition during the protests further, accusing police of being partisan in exercising their rights through protests.

On the other hand, the government warned the opposition against the protests on Tuesday, with President Ruto asking the Azimio coalition to avoid violence and destruction of property, urging the Raila-led group to pass bipartisan negotiations in parliament.

President Ruto also reminded the opposition that his duty as head of government is to protect the rights and property of all Kenyans, and warned that he would not allow protests in down town.

Odinga accused Ruto of stealing last year’s elections and failing to control the growing cost of living that is hitting Kenyans hard. They are struggling to make ends meet in the face of high commodity prices and a depreciating local currency. The record drought has left millions of people starving.

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