: Protests In Kenya: Odingas opposition #IndiaNEWSAll #Economy On 2 April 2023, opposition leader, Raila Odinga called off the mass demonstrations that he was leading in Kenya since late March 2023,
Protests In Kenya: Odingas opposition #IndiaNEWSAll #Economy
On 2 April 2023, opposition leader, Raila Odinga called off the mass demonstrations that he was leading in Kenya since late March 2023, where thousands came out on the streets. This came in response to an appeal by President William Ruto to engage in talks. While protests have been suspended, Odinga has been clear that they could restart within a few days.
The protests were led by Odinga when he blamed the Kenyan President for a failing economy and also claimed that Ruto’s victory in the 2022 election was fixed, despite a ruling from the Supreme Court upholding the validity of the results. During the protest, Odinga demanded that the government allow access to the 2022 election results from the electoral commission’s main computers. Police have been violent at the protests using force to disperse protesters, resulting in four deaths since the protests started.
Many Human rights groups, including the Kenya Human Rights Commission, have expressed concern over the abuse by the police during the protests and urged restraint. The Media Council of Kenya reported that journalists have been attacked during the demonstrations.
The current protests are the aftermath of controversy in the 2022 elections though they have a long history. The then Deputy President William Ruto was declared the winner of the 9 August 2022 poll, beating Odinga by a very narrow margin. The voting process was relatively peaceful. However, almost immediately, the announcement resulted in protests where supporters of Odinga took to the streets in protest, setting fire to tires and clashing with police.
The political landscape is heating up!
Kenya is witnessing a huge anti-government protest organized by opposition leader Raila Odinga. pic. twitter. com/Qp0NZvNoR2
— The International Magazine (@TheIntlMagz) March 29, 2023
Despite previous pledges by both candidates to handle any disputes in court rather than on the streets, protests erupted in many of Odingas strongholds. This was partially expected, as every presidential election outcome has been contested in Kenya since 2002. Kenya had been grappling with severe drought leading to high prices, and widespread corruption.
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Kenya has undergone significant political changes in the past few decades, marked by several key events, beginning with the 2002 general election. In the 2002 general election, 62% of voters rejected Kenya Africa National Unions (KANU) presidential candidate, Uhuru Kenyatta, voting in the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) into power. The Incumbent Daniel arap Moi could not run for a third term due to the two-term limit in the Constitution of Kenya.