AU Commission calls for dialogue between Gov’t and Raila Odinga

Azimio protests will now be held on Mondays and Thursdays./COURTESY

The Africa Union Commission (AUC) has called for dialogue between the government and opposition leader Raila Odinga following the damage to property and loss of life during Monday protests.

Through a statement, the AUC urged all stakeholders to exercise calm and engage in dialogue in the supreme interest of national unity and reconciliation

“The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Moussa Faki MAHAMAT, expresses deep concern at violence following public protests in Kenya since 21 March 2023, which has resulted in the loss of life, damage to property, and the interruption of certain economic activities in the capital,” read the AUC statement.

The AUC reiterated total solidarity with and support for the country’s efforts in working towards national unity, peace, and stability.

“In this regard, the Chairperson wishes to recall the successful conduct of the General Elections in August 2022 in Kenya and the subsequent unanimous confirmation of the election outcome by the Supreme Court,” the AUC statement read.

Meanwhile, Azimio la Umoja One Kenya leader Raila Odinga on Monday 20th March 2023 said the planned protests against the government will be carried out weekly on Mondays and Thursdays.

Among the issues being protested against are; the high cost of living, and the selection of IEBC commissioners. The opposition also wants IEBC servers to be opened.

During the second protest, on Monday 27th March 2023, several properties were damaged including a church and mosque which were torched in Kibra, Nairobi County.