Police in statehouse block access

Fearing that there would be demonstrations, the police have blocked off the routes leading to the State House.

When 14 days had passed, security surrounding the State House was increased in preparation for the Azimio demonstration encounter. 

On Wednesday, dozens of armed police officers placed barriers on roads leading to State House in Nairobi in preparation for a demonstration that was going to be held by some Kenyans against the expense of living.

The demonstrators are also infuriated by the many changes that have been implemented by President William Ruto.

At a number of locations along key thoroughfares, including State House Road, State House Avenue, Processional Way, and Dennis Pritt, police officers were stationed with spike strips, at which they temporarily stopped and questioned passing automobiles.

As early as six in the morning, the crews were already there and sometimes had to turn away motorcycles.

The cops said that they had been instructed not to let the motorcycles out because there was a possibility that they would be used to transport masses to State House for the demonstrations.

This occurred despite the fact that it was unclear whether or not the leaders of Azimio la Umoja would carry out the planned mass action.

The deadline of the leaders' 14-day ultimatum, which is this Wednesday, has been met with meetings, according to the authorities, in order to prepare the mass action.

Raila Odinga, the leader of the Azimio party, reminded President William Ruto that he has until midnight on Wednesday to respond to their complaints, which were voiced at Jeevanjee Gardens in Nairobi. 

Raila Odinga made this point of protest after 14 days to the president in Embakasi. 

Raila made these remarks on Tuesday, and he warned that if the demands aren't met, Azimio would go through with their plan for mass action on Thursday.

"We would like it if you could hold off until the deadline, which is tomorrow (Wednesday) at midnight. Thus, you may expect to hear from us on Thursday," he stated.

Raila issued an ultimatum to the government of Ruto on February 22, giving them 14 days to resolve his complaints about the unequal distribution of public employment, the disproportionately high cost of living, and electoral unfairness.

Raila has advised his followers to maintain their resolve, stating that street demonstrations would commence following the deadline's passage if Ruto does not comply with the demands.

Raila detailed three prerequisites that Ruto must fulfil before the two of them may engage in conversation.

Raila said that in order to unlock the servers of the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC), Ruto must first give his consent.

He continued by stating that the head of state needs to put a halt to the current recruitment of IEBC commissioners and that this should be done immediately.

He stated that Ruto is responsible for ensuring that the cost of living is reduced since Kenyans are struggling.

The leader of the opposition party has been at the helm of a recent wave of protests against the government that have taken place around the nation.

Kamukunji, Jacaranda, and Jevanjee Gardens in Nairobi have all played host to anti-government demonstrations organised by the Azimio organisation.

In addition, they organised demonstrations in the cities of Machakos, Kisumu, Busia, Kisii, and Kakamega.

Ruto has said that he will not be swayed and will continue to serve the Kenyan people.

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