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Drama as Kisumu residents take away road barriers placed at State Lodge Road


Residents of Kisumu on Thursday heeded the call by the former prime minister and took to the streets protesting against the Kenya Kwanza government.

Hundreds of protesters flocked the streets chanting anti-Ruto slogans, accusing the government of doing little to reduce the cost of living.

The supporters were filmed approaching the police who were stationed at a roadblock as they chanted ‘Ruto must go’ and went ahead to take the roadblock after which some of them were filmed running away with it.


Consequently, the police got into formation as the supporters pushed their way forward trying to access the road leading to the official residence of the President.

This comes a day after Azimio leader Raila Odinga officially announced the beginning of mass action following the lapse of a 14-day ultimatum issued to President William Ruto’s administration.

In a fiery speech on Thursday, Odinga said Kenyans were going to invoke their constitutional right to demand better services.

He further announced a mass protest set for March 20, 2023, which would see Azimio supporters stage an anti-Ruto procession in Nairobi.

Azimio had given President William Ruto up to Wednesday midnight to spell out measures to lower the cost of living and to open the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission servers for “verification” of the August presidential election results.