Kenyan Employers Urged To Release Employees To Participate In Monday Mass Protests
By Samuel Ouma
Kenyan opposition MPs have rallied employers to allow their employees to take part in Monday, March 20, mass protests organized by their leader Raila Odinga.
Addressing the media on the level of preparedness ahead of the much-anticipated demos, Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna and National Assembly Minority Leader Opiyo and Minority leader in the National Assembly Opiyo Wandayi told employers that their employees have the right to take participate in what he termed as their national duty.
“Employers from all sectors should release their employees and allow them to participate in the national duty. We expect that the employers will understand that their employees will be having a national duty to perform that day,” said MP Wandayi.
At the same time, Wandayi hit at President William Ruto for asking Odinga to ensure demonstrations are peaceful, saying that is the work of the police.
“The call by Mr. Ruto that Raila should agree with the police on how to go about the demonstration is uncalled for. The police know their duty which is to protect lives and properties of Kenyans,” said Wandayi.
While addressing his supporters over the weekend, Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga also declared Monday, March 20, a public holiday to enable Kenyans to participate in the planned demo.
Odinga had declared Monday, March 20, a public holiday to enable Kenyans to participate in the planned mass protest over the weekend.
“We do not want any kind of violence or bloodshed. It is going to be peaceful and I have also said that we do not want any handshake. We are only doing this because it is the only alternative that we have,” said Odinga.
The former Prime Minister made the announcement after his running mate during the
August 2022 election, Martha Karua, asked him to make the declaration to give room for Kenyans to take part in the mass action.
“We ask you, your excellency, to declare that day Monday, March 20 a public holiday so we can get on with this matter of anti-government demos. We can’t have rigged elections year in, year out,” reiterated Karua.
The protest will be against alleged electoral injustices, high taxes imposed by the current regime and the high cost of living.