Former Prime Minister and Azimio leader Raila Odinga is adamant the planned Mondays and Thursdays protests across the country will continue.
Raila failed to heed calls from the government and the clergy to end the demonstrations that started on Monday because they hurt the ailing economy.
Speaking on Thursday evening, Tourism CS Peninah Malonzo said tourists were cancelling their bookings thanks to demonstrations.
“We are losing a lot of money in foreign earnings as the demonstrations keep tourists away from visiting our country,” the CS said.
However, Raila Odinga said protests must continue until the government agrees to his demands of opening the IEBC servers. He also rubbished claims of demanding a handshake.
“ The Kenya Kwanza has continued to claim that all we are looking for is a handshake. We emphatically refute these unfounded rumours that we are protesting to improve the lives of Kenyans because we want a handshake. This is an insult to the intelligence of Kenyans,” Raila noted.
He added, “We cannot and we will not participate in a handshake with an illegitimate regime.”
Azimio’s protests, however, will be met by strict measures that the police boss has put over security reasons.
Central Police Station OCS Moses Mutayi said all manner of demonstrations, picketing or processions are banned in Nairobi for security reasons.
On the other side, the Muslim community also asked the Azimio boss to forego the demos until the holy month of Ramadan, which is scheduled to start from March 23rd to April 23rd, 2023, is over.
The question now begs, will the Azimio camp continue with the plans or call it off?
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