Raila Odinga, the leader of the Azimio la Umoja Coalition, announced on May 1 that the planned mass demonstrations scheduled for Tuesday May 2 would start at 6 Am.
He instructed his supporters to attend the protest unarmed and deliver their petitions to the Kenya Kwanza administration, addressing issues such as the high cost of living.
Raila emphasized that the protests would be peaceful and that no weapons should be carried, and no private businesses interfered with despite warnings from the police and President William Ruto against disrupting business in the Central Business District.
The former prime minister criticized the National Police Service (NPS) for banning the demonstrations, calling it a suspension of the Constitution and a dictatorship.
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Raila assured Kenyans that no businesses would be disrupted, and the procession would stick to the designated areas along the Central Business District (CBD).
He indicated that the petitions would be delivered to the Office of the President, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the National Treasury, and the Public Service Commission (PSC).
Police Stand on Azimio Demos
Deputy Inspector General of Police, Noor Gabow, has restated that the planned rally by Azimio la Umoja on Tuesday is illegal, citing national security interests.
In a statement released on Monday May 1 , Gabow affirmed that the planned demonstration was illegal and expressed disapproval of violent protests and attacks on law enforcement officers on duty.
While acknowledging that the Constitution guarantees the right to assemble, demonstrate, and present petitions to public authorities, Gabow indicated that the Public Order Management Act, 2012 regulates public gatherings by prohibiting offensive weapons at public meetings and processions.
Gabow also noted that recent Azimio protests have been marked by criminal incidents, such as the destruction of property, arson, robbery, looting, and even the death of a police officer. Despite this, Gabow stated that police officers have responded with restraint in the face of provocation by protesters and remain committed to maintaining law and order, respecting the rule of law and human rights.