Raila announces series of rallies to protest against Ruto’s administration
Azimio leader Raila Odinga has announced a series of rallies to protest against President William Ruto's government during his rally at Jacaranda gardens on Sunday, January 29.
Raila who has previously said he does not acknowledge Ruto as the Head of State said Azimio will continue with the public consultations noting that their next stop will be at Kibera and later travel to Machakos town and other parts of the country including Nakuru, Kakamega, Kiambu, Isiolo, Kisii Kisumu, Mombasa, Garissa, and Turkana counties before another mega rally in Nairobi.
He emphasized that he would not be silenced and would continue to fight for the people.
At the same time, the opposition leader while likening Ruto's administration to the biblical tax collector Zacchaeus called on Kenyans to resist paying taxes terming them as “punitive”.
“We ask that all Kenyans demand the removal of these punitive taxes. There will be no taxation without representation,” Odinga said.
Odinga also accused the Ruto administration of attempting to take control of major institutions in the country, claiming that recent leadership changes at parastatals were part of a scheme to loot public resources.
He cited the recent change in leadership at Kenya’s largest telco, Safaricom, as an example, where John Ngumi was replaced by Adil Arshed.
“In the last few weeks, Ruto has replaced the leadership of various parastatals with his shady characters. We know that this is meant for the looting of public resources,” Raila said.