• ODM party leader Raila Odinga has lauded comedian Eric Omondi for being courageous
• The comedian was in the company of other activists who blocked Parliament Road
ODM party leader Raila Odinga has lauded comedian Eric Omondi for being courageous and attempting to storm the Parliament in protest against the high cost of living.
Speaking at Jeevanjee Gardens, Nairobi County, Raila said it was his constitutional right to hold peaceful demonstrations.
"Now Eric Omondi went to Parliament to defend Kenyans' rights and have peaceful demonstrations. We want to show Ruto that peaceful demonstration is a right," Raila warned.
"In London, a peaceful demonstration is done in front of the House of Commons and the White House. Demonstrators are protected by police," he said.
The comedian was in the company of other activists who blocked Parliament Road, in Nairobi's Central Business District (CBD) in their attempt to compel the government to reduce the prices of basic commodities.
However, their effort to storm Parliament buildings was thwarted after officers manning the installation repulsed the group of protesters.
"Bado mapambano, mapambano, bado mapambano (the struggle continues)," the group led by the commedian chanted before their arrest.
He was today arraigned before a court in Nairobi following their arrest on Tuesday.
Omondi has been arraigned at the Milimani Law Courts for leading protests among other charges. He is being represented by Lawyer Danstan Omari.
Eric led a protest outside the Parliament building on Tuesday, February 21 protesting the high cost of living.
He spoke to several media houses moments before heading out to the court.
"They thought it was jokes and clout when I showed up by the team they wake up there will be a very big revolution,".
"Everything I have ever done in my life this is where we are headed this is where it stops, this is where it ends"
They denied the charge and were released on Sh20,000 bond or an alternative cash bail of Sh10,000.
Raila Odinga has since issued six demands to President William Ruto, failure to which the opposition would lead the country to mass action in 14 days.
Raila noted that food subsidies must be restored to cushion Kenyans from the high cost of living.
He pointed out that taxes subjected to Kenyans must come down within 14 days.
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