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Post-maandamano strategy: Azimio now turns to God to soften Pharaoh’s heart

Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya Coalition will on Friday hold an interdenominational prayer service in Nairobi to seek divine intervention in the current political stalemate in the country.

Speaking on Wednesday at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Foundation in Nairobi, Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka said similar prayer services will be held in other counties across the country.

“We will pray for the Pharaohs in government to listen to the cries of our people about the high taxes and the rising cost of living,” Mr Musyoka said.

He further said Azimio la Umoja aims to draw the government’s attention to their cardinal duty of upholding the law and protecting human rights.

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“We will also pray for international communities and all institutions in the field of democracy and peace and human right to stand with Kenyans against a regime gone rogue,” Musyoka said.

After the prayers, the coalition will give the way forward for their supporters following weeks of anti-government protests that led to the loss of several lives and wide-scale destruction of property across the country.

Since March, the opposition coalition has staged nine days of street protests against the government. In response, the government unleash brutal force in deadly clashes with protestors.

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In April and May there was a brief ceasefire after Azimio leader Raila Odinga suspended the protests to give room for bipartisan talks with the government. But the talks soon broke down and Mr Odinga rallied his supporters to fresh rounds of violent demos that culminated in three consecutive days of protest last week.

Over that entire, several lives were lost, while many other people were injured during the skirmishes, as the President William Ruto’s government and Azimio la Umoja traded accusations and counter-accusations.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Mr Odinga led Azimio supporters in holding vigils across the country in remembrance of Kenyans who lost their lives at the hands of police officers during the protests.

The decision to hold vigils was announced in a statement released by Azimio la Umoja on Monday, with leaders of the opposition coalition reiterating their commitment to seeking justice for the victims of police brutality and holding accountable those responsible for the atrocities.

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