Nairobi, 23 April, 2023 / 9:47 pm (ACI Africa).
The leader of the opposition coalition in Kenya has expressed disagreement with the caution Catholic Bishops in the East African nation made against the resumption of anti-government demonstrations.
In a Saturday, April 22 statement, Hon. Raila Amolo Odinga, the leader of the Azimio One Kenya Coalition, took issue with the stance of the members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), saying they have characterized demonstrations that were first held on March 20 as “violent, unconstitutional, or uncalled for”.
Officials of Kenya’s opposition coalition, Hon. Odinga said, “do not agree with the church's characterisation of the public protests that Azimio has been leading as violent, unconstitutional, or uncalled for.”
Kenya’s former Prime Minister blamed the violence that characterized previous protests, which he had declared would be taking place on Monday and Thursday aimed at forcing President Ruto to lower the cost of living among other demands, on the police.
“As we have stated on recent occasions, our protests have been and will continue to be peaceful unless the state unleashes police and goons on protesters," Hon. Odinga explained April 22.