How to stop Raila – Kisumu Lawyer

How to stop Raila – Kisumu Lawyer

By Peter Ochieng

Azimio La Umoja One Kenya leader Raila Odinga’s much-publicized public consultations over the ‘State of Nation’ starting Wednesday this week continues to attract support and opposition in equal measure.

President William Ruto on Sunday said the government will offer ‘enough’ security to prevent loss of life and property in case the consultations turn ugly and degenerate into violence.

He said his administration will not be cowed and intimidated by Odinga’s antics, aimed at destabilizing the country’s economy.

However, Joshua Onyango Nyamori, a Kisumu-based advocate has urged Ruto’s administration not to underrate Odinga’s ability to mount demonstrations across the country.

“He knows that he has a critical mass of followers that may not have delivered victory to him in elections, but is capable of destabilizing the streets hence the economy. He has over the years used that critical mass to bully and intimidate those in power to let him has his way,” Nyamori posted on his Facebook page.

And his advice to Ruto on how to effectively stop Odinga?

“The opponents must be willing to invest human, material and financial resources into building new alternative grassroots political networks that can successfully challenge Raila’s networks at the grassroots base that would deliver a counter-narrative at households levels. Otherwise he will retain the capability to intimidate the government.”

Odinga is opposing the removal of four Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioners who disowned Ruto’s August 2022 presidential win.

Last week, President Ruto formed a tribunal to investigate the four, shortly after the National Assembly adopted a report of the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) to suspend them.

However, two commissioners in the frame of Vice Chairperson Juliana Cherera and Justus Nyang’aya have already tendered their resignations, even before the tribunal chaired by Judge Aggrey Muchelule starts sittings.

Leaders aligned to Jubilee and KANU, key parties in the Azimio La Umoja formation are reportedly opposed to Odinga’s public consultations.

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