Raila Odinga talks of Kamukunji protests

The Jubilee and KANU parties, which are part of the Azimio la Umoja coalition, have left Raila Odinga's planned public demonstrations across the country.

At the same time, Odinga promises to "bring down President Ruto's system" in the nationwide protests that will begin on December 7 at the Kamukunji Grounds in Nairobi.

After meeting with Azimio leaders from Nairobi County on Friday, Odinga said, "We will commence public consultations with the people of Kenya on the 7th of December at the historic Kamukunji grounds here in Nairobi to discuss the direction the nation is headed."

The protests are happening because four commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) are being looked into by Parliament.

Juliana Cherera, Irene Masit, Francis Wanderi, and Justus Nyang'aya are being questioned because they refused to accept the results of the August 9 presidential election. 

This led to petitions that questioned their right to hold office.
On Friday, we saw Nyang'aya's resignation.

On December 12, Odinga remarked, "We will proceed to the Kamukunji grounds to undertake these conversations on the status of the Kenyan nation and to also have a prayer for democracy in our country, which is now being threatened by this regime."

He charges President Ruto with rigging the elections in 2027 after the suspension of the four and what he considers "skewed public appointments."

Sources close to the two parties say that Jubilee and KANU will not be at the rallies.

Without providing any other information, they said that, despite being members of the Azimio coalition, they would not be taking part in the protests.

Their choice only serves to confirm rumours of internal strife inside the Odinga-led group.

At the beginning of this month, Fatuma Dullo's name was taken off the list of people who could serve on the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC). 

After that, several Jubilee Party MPs said they would leave the coalition.

Later, senators who supported the coalition held a news conference to deny rumours that the group had broken up and to say that it was still strong.

Led by Senator Ledama Olekina of Narok, the senators said that they had met with Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, and Uhuru Kenyatta, the coalition's leaders, and given them assurances that there are no divisions among the leaders of Azimio in the Senate.

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