Kenya’s Azimio La Umoja political leader, Raila Odinga, has given the government a 14-day ultimatum to lower the cost of basic commodities or face mass action.
Speaking during a prayer rally, Odinga criticized the withdrawal of subsidies on food in the midst of a drought and famine, calling it reckless and heartless.
President William Ruto responded by stating that he would not be intimidated and that the rule of law must be obeyed.
However, former Mukurweini MP Kabando wa Kabando cautioned that the growing discontentment among Kenyans could easily topple the government.
He also criticized the government’s prosecution of comedian Eric Omondi for leading protests over the high cost of basic commodities, saying that it pointed to a return to autocratic ways.
The Kenyan government is now under increasing pressure to address the high cost of basic commodities.