The anti-government protests on Monday, according to lawmakers with Raila Odinga’s Azimio La Umoja One Kenya alliance, were only the first of many similar large-scale actions to come.
The MPs who spoke to the media in front of Parliament buildings in the nation’s capital called it a “rehearsal” and warned Kenyans to prepare for additional demonstrations as the opposition keeps up the pressure on President William Ruto’s administration to heed their requests.
The legislators attacked the National Police Service’s assertion that the protests are illegal, arguing that the widespread action serves Kenyans’ best interests.
According to reports, parliamentarians Amina Mnyazi, Opiyo Wandayi, Ken Chonga, and Senator Stewart Madzayo of Kilifi were among those detained during the protest in Nairobi’s CBD. The opposition lawmakers complained that the Kenya Kwanza administration had taken away their protection and blamed them for being unable to exercise their constitutional rights.
In order to force President Ruto’s administration to address a number of issues, including the high cost of living, alleged discrimination in State posts, and alleged lack of transparency in the country’s election agency, the IEBC, Odinga organized the rally.
He had given the Kenya Kwanza administration a 14-day deadline to comply with the demands last month, but it was disregarded. He subsequently started holding nationwide rallies to rally his supporters against Ruto’s rule.