Opposition leader Raila Odinga did not hold back in his fiery speech at the Kamukunji grounds in Nairobi, as he continued to criticize President William Ruto, accusing him of dictatorial tendencies. Raila, who had just returned from Poland, expressed his strong disapproval of Ruto’s decision to sign the controversial 2023 Finance Bill into law, despite widespread public opposition.
Addressing the crowd, Raila condemned Ruto’s actions, labeling them as tyranny, an abuse of executive power, and a violation of human rights. He pointed out that the majority of Kenyans had vehemently rejected the bill before the vote, yet Ruto proceeded as if their voices did not matter, imposing burdensome taxes without their consent.
Asserting that Ruto was pushing the limits of his illegitimate power, Raila emphasized the urgent need to confront and halt the remnants of dictatorship that still linger within the government. He rallied his supporters to resist Ruto’s administration through civil disobedience, advocating for a boycott of paying taxes as a powerful form of protest.
Raila urged the people to recognize their supreme authority and exercise civil disobedience as a means to deny Ruto the taxes he believes he can forcefully extract from them. He called for a collective effort to boycott the Ruto government, stressing the importance of democratic solidarity in combating dictatorship.
In a resolute tone, Raila encouraged Kenyans to unite and demonstrate their unwavering commitment to opposing dictatorship. He called for a massive turnout starting from the following Friday, where citizens would actively boycott the Ruto administration, making it abundantly clear that the people are ready to take any necessary action against the dictators.
Raila warned Ruto and others who share his mindset that they would face the consequences of their dictatorial tendencies. He expressed confidence that Kenyans, despite their frustration, were not powerless and would not succumb to helplessness.
The opposition leader’s impassioned speech resonated with the crowd, igniting a sense of determination among his supporters. Raila’s call to action against Ruto’s perceived dictatorship struck a chord with those who felt their voices had been ignored and their rights infringed upon.
As Raila Odinga continues to rally his followers, it remains to be seen how this resistance movement will unfold and whether it will have a significant impact on the political landscape. One thing is clear: the battle lines have been drawn, and the struggle against perceived dictatorship has gained momentum.