Mon. Jul 15th, 2024

Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga is visiting hospitals to check up on people who were injured by the police during recent protests.

Later he will be holding a vigil for those killed in the anti-government demonstrations held to protest about rising cost of living.

According to human rights groups, at least 30 people have died in the capital, Nairobi, and other towns across the country.

They have criticised the police for their excessive use of force, but the interior ministry has defended officers’ actions.

Mr Odinga suspended this week’s planned protest because of the deaths and will be lighting candles and laying flowers at a memorial site for them.

He first called a series of rallies in March.

The two sides had then agreed to hold talks, but the opposition said President William Ruto’s team was not committed to resolving their complaints.

Then last month, Mr Ruto signed into law a controversial finance bill that doubled the tax on fuel and introduced a new housing levy among other measures that have been deemed punitive.

This prompted the latest protests.

Rights groups and diplomats have expressed deep concerns about the situation in Kenya, urging the government and opposition to resolve their differences peacefully.

The president has now expressed his willingness to meet the veteran opposition leader, tweeting: ““My friend @RailaOdinga, I am off to Tanzania… I’m back [on Wednesday] evening, and as you have always known, I’m available to meet one on one with you anytime at your convenience.”

By Joy

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