Muthama’s call to Kenyans ahead of Raila’s ‘public consultations’

Muthama’s call to Kenyans ahead of Raila’s ‘public consultations’

By Joshua Cheloti

United Democratic Alliance (UDA) national chairman Johnstone Muthama has added his voice to the ongoing debate over the opposition’s planned ‘public consultations’.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga on Friday announced that he will be holding the first engagement with the public on December 7, 2022, with the second to follow on Jamhuri Day.

But despite the former Prime Minister describing the meetings ‘public consultations’, politicians allied to the government have termed them as demonstrations.

And just days before the event, UDA chairman claims it is yet another confirmation that the ODM leader is yet to reconcile with the reality of times.

According to the former Machakos Senator, it was time leaders focused on uplifting those at the bottom of the pyramid in society.

He has challenged Kenyans to give the said ‘public consultations’ a wide berth.

“Kenyans have moved on and are working hard to build the nation in peace. The Mass Action @RailaOdinga 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,” Muthama said in a tweet on December 4, 2022.

“I therefore, call upon every Kenyan to shun his attempts to cause disunity in this Country,” he added.

But even as Kenyans Kwanza politicians brand Raila’s upcoming meetings as mass action, the former Prime Minister claims they are meant to brainstorm on the direction the country is taking.

This is against the backdrop of the ongoing process that might culminate in the removal of four IEBC commissioners from office.

“On December 7th, at Kamukunji grounds in Nairobi, we’ll launch public consultations with the people of Kenya to brainstorm on the direction the country is taking,” Raila said in a tweet dated December 2, 2022.

“We will return to the same venue on December 12th, to continue with these consultations on the state of our Nation,” he added.

The four – IEBC chairperson Juliana Cherera, Irene Masit, Justus Nyang’aya and Francis Wanderi were on Friday suspended from office by President William Ruto.

Ruto was acting on a Justice and Legal Affairs Committee report adopted by the National Parliament.

The report also recommended the formation of a tribunal to investigate the four over gross misconduct and breach of Constitution claims.

A tribunal chaired by High Court judge Agrey Muchelule has also already been set up.

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