Azimio demands reinstatement of Raila’s security ahead of three-day protests
Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya Coalition is demanding for the reinstatement of security for its top leadership ahead of the opposition’s planned three-day protests.
Speaking at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Foundation in Nairobi on Tuesday, former Defence Cabinet Secretary, Eugine Wamalwa condemned the government’s move to withdraw the security personnel assigned to Raila Odinga, Martha Karua and Kalonzo Musyoka, saying government security for the opposition leaders is not as favour.
“Raila was Kenya’s second Prime Minister while Kalonzo was the 10th Vice President and are therefore entitled to state protection. This is not a favour,” Wamalwa said.
The coalition also claimed a dreaded killer squad has been revived to unleash mayhem on opposition supporters during the protests.
Mr Musyoka said the killer squad consists of members from one community with a mission to harm Azimio leaders and the protestors.
This comes just a day after the government withdrew the security of the Azimio leaders ahead of the planned protests beginning tomorrow.
The security personnel that have withdrawn include more than 10 police officers who accompany Mr Odinga during his daily activities, as well as those assigned to guard his residences in Nairobi, Kisumu and Siaya.
On Sunday, Mr Odinga said there is a plot by the government to harm Azimio la Umoja leaders during the planned protests.
Despite the security setbacks, Azimio MPs on Monday held a Parliamentary Group in Nairobi and stated that the protests will go on as planned.
Addressing journalists after the meeting at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Foundation, the opposition legislators said the planned protests are unstoppable.
“These protests will go on in line with Article 37 of our Constitution which provides for freedom of peaceful assembly and states that every person has the right, peaceably and unarmed, to assemble, to demonstrate, to picket and to present petitions to public authorities,” National Assembly Minority Leader Opiyo Wandayi said.