Opposition Protests To Rock Kenya, Senegal, Nigeria, Tunisia, S. Africa

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Raila Supporters During a rally/photo courtesy

Azimio One Kenya Coalition leader Raila Odinga on Thursday announced the start of peaceful mass action protests against President William Ruto’s government.

According to Odinga, the protests which are ongoing in various parts of the country are just but a preparation of what is coming ahead on 20 March in Nairobi, the capital.

The former premier further illegally declared 20 March a national holiday to allow his supporters to carry out the protest which he says will lead to the state house.

It has emerged that Kenya is not the only country where the opposition leaders are carrying out demonstrations, Tunisia, Nigeria South Africa will also protest against their governments.

The recently conducted Nigeria presidential election where Tinubu polled 8,794,726 votes to defeat the PDP candidate and the LP standard bearer, who got 6,984,520 and 6,101,533 votes respectively, is now trailed with controversies.

The election outcome was disputed by Atiku Abubakar, and his counterpart in the Labour Party, Peter Obi who approached the election tribunal to seek permission to inspect the electoral materials used during the poll.

The two leaders have staged demonstrations over what they have described as rigging in last month’s presidential elections.

The opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) of South Africa has also called for a nationwide shutdown on March 20 over increasing load shedding.

Additional reasons for the strike are increasing inflation, recent corruption scandals involving the ruling African National Congress (ANC), and rising levels of insecurity. 

Tunisia’s opposition is also staging a demonstration on 20 March to pressure the government over the alleged authoritarian rule by President Kais Saied.

Thousands of opposition supporters including members of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) have been rallying in the capital Tunis.

Senegalese opposition supporters are at the same time protesting in the country’s capital Dakar in support of the aspiring presidential candidate who faces a libel case set to resume this week.

They are also against President Macky Sall vying for the third time in the polls in 2024.

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