• Raila said they have invoked the provisions of the Constitution to launch a massive peaceful movement of defiance against an illegal government.
Azimio leader Raila Odinga on Thursday declared the start of mass action against the Kenya Kwanza regime which he termed as illegitimate.
In a hard-hitting statement delivered at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Foundation, Raila said they have invoked the provisions of the Constitution to launch a massive peaceful movement of defiance against an illegal government.
"Take note that on the 20th of March 2023, we have a date with destiny in Nairobi. On that day our supporters throughout the country shall stage a massive procession in Nairobi for a legitimate and inclusive government. Save the date," Raila said.
"We begin telling Ruto and Gachagua that we can’t keep living on false promises. We begin telling Ruto and Gachagua our clear understanding that when we keep taking painkillers long enough, they will cease killing the pain; and that is when the real pain will begin," he added.
Azimio's 14-day ultimatum for the Kenya Kwanza government to lower the cost of living and open IEBC servers lapsed on Wednesday at midnight.
Raila said even after the government was given time to act and act on the issues raised on February 22 at jevanjee gardens, nothing has been done.
The ODM leader said the defiance campaign will take the shape of peaceful picketing, peaceful protests, boycotts, strikes, disobedience, peaceful petitions, peaceful sit-ins and peaceful demonstrations.
"We also urge the victims of retrogressive policies of this illegitimate regime including workers, doctors, teachers, nurses, lecturers, students and the Business community to join this political revolution and movement for change. We are stronger together."
Raila said immediately the Kenya Kwanza regime took office, it has embarked on implementing measures whose effect has been to make the cost of basic commodities and services unaffordable to most Kenyans.
He cited 15 grounds which he said informed the need for the mass action including the removal of subsidies on Unga, electricity and fuel.