Azimio La Umoja leader Raila Odinga seems to have had a change of heart regarding his earlier mass action threat, if communication from his Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party is anything to go by.
Raila had earlier in the month threatened to lead mass action against President William Ruto, unless the Head of State gave in to a number of demands he had given, which include reducing the cost of living.
The 14-day ultimatum he had given will be ending on Wednesday, after which the country has been eager to see if he will implement the threat and what the outcome of such will be.
But his party now says that he will continue with the anti-Ruto rallies he has been holding around the country, the clearest indication that though he is still keen on pressuring Ruto, it won’t be through protests.
According to a plan released by ODM Director of Communications Philip Etale, the rallies will begin in Migori on Friday, before proceeding to Narok, Mombasa and Kilifi counties.
This comes at a time when Ruto has refused to give in to any of his demands, as he continues to lament of alleged rigging in the concluded presidential election and serious suffering among Kenyans.
“Kenyans are suffering seriously. Some of them cannot put food on the table. Children are not going to school. The price of basic commodities unga, fuel is too high for the people,” the former Prime Minister, who emerged second in the August race, said on KTN News recently.
Ruto has repeatedly pocked holes into the rallies and the mass action threats, pointing out that this is Raila trying to again use force to get admission into the government, which will not happen under his rule.