Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o on Wednesday, March 29, suspended Monday and Thursday protests within the county indefinitely.

The Governor indicated that the suspension of the demonstrations followed consultations with the Azimio la Umoja’s National leadership and County Executive Committee.

The second-term Governor further stated that he, together with select Kisumu residents, had delivered various issues affecting Kisumu residents to the national government.

Following protests suspension in Kisumu, Nyong’o made it clear that leaders in the region would join anti-government demonstrations in Nairobi. 

“However, after detailed consultations with the Azimio National leadership and the County Executive Committee (the cabinet), I wish to (announce) that all public demonstrations within Kisumu County have, from today, been suspended indefinitely so that we can join the demonstrations in Nairobi,” Nyong’o stated.

Governor Nyong’o detailed that Kisumu residents had staged anti-government protests over the high cost of living and the opening of the 2022 Presidential election servers.

He added that the protests were informed by the government’s decision to allegedly sideline the opposition in picking electoral body commissioners.

“We have been demanding for the opening of the 2022 Presidential election servers to determine who actually won the seat. Our people have been protesting the high cost of living, characterised by a sharp rise in the cost of food and other basic commodities,” Nyong’o explained.

“Our people have also been protesting the undemocratic plans by the Kenya Kwanza regime to handpick a partisan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to manage the 2027 General election contrary to what is provided for in the Constitution,” he insisted.

On Monday, March 27, Raila told his supporters that the Monday and Thursday protests would continue despite calls from different sectors urging him to halt them. 

Raila defended the demos indicating that they were key to keeping President William Ruto in check and lowering the cost of living in the country.

However, on Wednesday, March 29, President William Ruto directed Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome to ensure that chaos witnessed during previous protests are not experienced again. 

“Kenya is a country of rule of law and has responsible citizens. As President, I will ensure that no one’s property is destroyed or life lost,” Ruto told Kenyans living in Germany.

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