Raila Odinga, the leader of the Azimio movement, has announced Monday, March 20, a national holiday to allow Kenyans to join in the mass action.
Raila remarked yesterday at a political gathering in Siaya County that the vacation will allow Azimio supporters who would normally go to work to join the protests.
The declaration was made at the request of Azimio principal and Odinga’s running mate in 2022, Martha Karua.
“We do not want any form of carnage or violence.”
“It’s going to be quiet.”
“We’re just doing this because it’s the only option we have.”
“In the name of Azimio One Kenya Alliance, we declare Monday, March 20 as a public holiday,” Raila declared.
Karua stated that Azimio followers were unable to work and demonstrate on Monday.
Raila went on to say that religious leaders had asked him to postpone the demonstration, which he said the coalition would not accept.
According to the Public Holiday Act, Ruto is the sole person authorized to declare public holidays through a Gazette Notice under the Constitution.
The following Kenyan public holidays are observed: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Eid-al-Fitr, Labour Day, Madaraka Day, Eid-al-Adha, Mashujaa Day, Jamhuri Day, Christmas, and Utamaduni Day.