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Why did Raila join Ruto at KICC to pass the IEBC Bill?

The ODM has defended the presence of Azimio leader Raila Odinga during the signing of the new law. Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Act.

On Tuesday, President William Ruto signed the IEBC Amendment Bill 2024 into law. at the KICC.

Ruto was joined by Vice President Rigathi Gachagua, Raila and Wiper Party chief Kalonzo Musyoka among other leaders.

However, Raila’s presence at the KICC was met with mixed reactions from Kenyans.

ODM explained that the signing of the IEBC bill was a result of the Finance Bill 2023 protest led by Raila, so his presence at the event was important.

According to them, Kenyans lost up to 75 people to gunfire during the protests.

They said that after the struggle and persistence that led to Raila being targeted for assassination, they did not give up.

“From that persistence came the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Amendment Bill 2024, which President William Ruto signed into law yesterday,” the statement read.

“We agree that it was appropriate and worthwhile for our party leader to be at the event, in honour of those who were killed and maimed during the protests.”

The youth had called on Raila to stay out of the situation and were demanding better governance from the Ruto administration through mass action.

However, Raila emerged at the KICC during the signing of the IEBC Amendment Bill, 2024.

His statement “we had consultations and agreed that dialogue is the way forward” on the steps of the convention center sparked outrage on social media from Generation Z, who immediately rejected the stance.

They said they have no tribe, no party, no leaders and that none of the political classes speak for them.

Raila and Ruto announced a national dialogue within the framework of the National Multisectoral Forum.

Talks will begin on Monday, July 15 and will continue for six days until Saturday, July 20.

Raila called for a national conversation on the issues raised by Kenyan youth and other voices.

“In making the call, the party leader did what he always does. Raila Odinga always helps the country to move away from the precipice when we find ourselves on it. There can be no doubt that as a country, we are at a crossroads and approaching the precipice. One of us has to be magnanimous and patriotic enough to help call the country to order,” the ODM said.

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