Malala To Mobilise UDA Supporters To Storm Raila's Karen Home
During the UDA delegates meeting at Machakos University, Malala declared that he would lead his supporters to a demonstration targeting...
United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Party Secretary General Cleophas Malala, on Saturday, March 18 announced a plan to counter Azimio la Umoja's mass action planned for Monday, March 20.
During the UDA delegates meeting at Machakos University, Malala declared that he would lead his supporters to a demonstration targeting Azimio La Umoja Leader Raila Odinga's Karen home.
He expressed that he would not sit back and watch as the former Prime Minister leads his supporters to a mass procession towards State House in Nairobi, further claiming that Raila's mass action would lead to business losses, and economic sabotage, and ought to be halted.
He thus urged all party members who supported President William Ruto to join the protest and also requested Ida Odinga, Raila's wife, to prepare enough food for the protesters.
"So, you Raila we have told you that since you have said you will be demonstrating to State House, I as the secretary general will also take our party members to demonstrate to your home in Karen as you go to disturb our president in State House.
"We are telling Ida Odinga, to prepare enough tea and ugali. If you think you have the people, you will see the government has more people than you," he declared.
Malala however insisted that they would hold peaceful demonstrations at Raila's home, and the State House was heavily guarded compared to Raila's residence.
He called on the Kamba community to refrain from participating in the protests and not be deceived into joining a party that resists the government.
During the delegates' conference which was aimed at sensitising the supporters on the forthcoming party grassroots elections, Malala warned young people against being misused by political leaders to cause violence.
Malala at the same time warned Raila against calling for the destruction of property, stating that he would mobilise government resources to deal with him just like any other lawbreaker.
"Raila Odinga, you are not above the law. If in your maandamano function, law and order will be broken with, the government will deal with you, the same way it does with bandits in Turkana," he said.
The former Kakamega Senator also noted that Raila's demands were misplaced as the Kenya Kwanza government was working hard to implement a number of initiatives which would lead to the lowering of the price of basic commodities.
"President Ruto has initiated a number of programmes under the law to ensure that price of basic commodities is reduced. There is no need for a demonstration against a government that is working hard to sustain the economy," Malala stated.
Raila had claimed that the purpose of the March 20 protests was to pressure the government to reduce the cost of living, particularly the price of basic commodities, and for the opposition to be included in the nomination of IEBC commissioners and reconstitution of the IEBC.
Meanwhile the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) under Francis Atwoli on Saturday, March 18 warned its members and Kenyan employees against skipping work on March 20 as it will not be a public holiday.
Raila Odinga addressing supporters in Githurai on March 17, 2023. /RAILA ODINGA