Police say Azimio is free to hold its consultative meeting

Nairobi police boss Adamson Bungei says the Azimio La Umoja coalition is free to hold their consultative meeting in Nairobi.

According to Bungei, the coalition had notified them of the planned meeting at Kamukunji Grounds in Muthurwa area.

The Raila Odinga-led outfit will hold the rally which is meant to forge the way forward for the coalition after the National Assembly passed the Finance Bill 2023, and President William passed it into law.

The planned consultative rally could mark the resumption of street protests following the passage of punitive tax measures that will add to the already high cost of living.

“The rally is meant to forge the way forward for the coalition after the National Assembly passed the proposed Finance Bill, 2023 yesterday. We have decided to invite Kenyans to a consultation at the Kamukunji grounds next Tuesday, June 27, at 10 am where the next course of action will be decided. This time there will be no difference. We believe in the end it is the people’s voice that will prevail,” said Narc Kenya Party leader Martha Karua.

The rally comes as Azimio leader Raila Odinga is set to return to the country today, after a long break in Poland.

Odinga was on a weeklong trip to Poland where he attended a round table with other opposition leaders.

The veteran politician said he will be touching down at JKIA at 1pm, and reach Kamukunji Grounds at 2pm to commence the public consultation meeting.

Last Friday, President Ruto said he had no issue with Azimio leader Odinga organizing protests in the country.

Speaking during an interview with France 24 in Paris, Ruto, however, warned that the protests must be devoid of violence and destruction of property, citing similar protests that have been held in Paris in recent days.

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