Raila Odinga, the leader of the Azimio movement, has denied reports that President William Ruto has asked the West to impose sanctions on him as he continues to push the Kenya Kwanza government to the brink of collapse.
According to reports, Ruto requested that Raila be barred from traveling to friendly Western countries if his anti-government protests continued.
However, speaking at a rally in Kitale, Trans Nzoia County yesterday, Raila stated that he was unconcerned about such reports because his call for mass action and rallies was mandated by Kenya’s Constitution.
He went on to say that it was Kenyans’ responsibility to solve their own problems rather than seeking assistance from foreign countries.
“I’ve heard them say Raila shouldn’t be allowed to travel to other countries because he’ll cause havoc. “I have no plans.”
“We have no problems with other countries. We have friendly relations with neighboring and international countries such as the United States of America (USA), the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Russia, and African nations.”
“It is our responsibility as Kenyans to transform and solve problems. “We will not allow international countries to interfere,” he said.
Raila cited Article 37 of the Constitution, which states that everyone has the right to assemble, demonstrate, picket, and present petitions to public officials in a peaceful and unarmed manner.
“It is our responsibility as a country to clean dirty linen. It is our responsibility to correct any electoral injustices.
“This is in accordance with Kenya’s Constitution. I’d like you to read Article 37, which grants Kenyans the right to protest.
“According to the law, this is permissible.
“As a result, all foreign entities must respect Kenyans. Allow them to respect the rights of all Kenyans. “We don’t want them interfering with our internal affairs,” he stated emphatically.