Raila announces end of civil disobedience, product boycott


Nasa leader Raila Odinga has today announced the end of the opposition’s civil disobedience and product boycott imposed on several companies after the disputed October 26 repeat elections.

Speaking during this year’s labour day celebrations at Uhuru Park, Raila said he had forgiven Bidco, Safaricom, Brookside and Hako industries.

“I did that because I was bitter with the outcome of the elections. We have agreed to work together with my brother Uhuru Kenyatta for the betterment of the nation,” Raila said:

Last year, Raila urged his supporters to boycott products from corporations he claimed were part of the August election rigging scheme.

He accused Safaricom of abetting rigging through its network.

“Big corporations are part and parcel of killing democracy in Kenya. We have the power and if they want to stifle our democracy, we can retaliate,” Raila said at the time.

Read this: NASA MPs target Safaricom, Bidco, Brookside in economic boycott

But today, Raila said he and President Uhuru are now working together to unite the nation after the March 9 handshake.

Raila called on the government to look for solutions of how to reduce the cost of living among workers.

“If the workers’ wages are increased transport prices also go up rent and also school fees. The workers, therefore, do not enjoy the increase. We need to lower cost of living.” he said.

On Sunday, both Uhuru and Raila formed a committee of 14 advisers to look into ways of uniting the country.

The committee is chaired by ambassadors Martin Kimani and Paul Mwangi.


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