The service is seeking to express hope to the victims of police brutality and expressing their hopes for the quick recovery of those injured during the protests.
Former President Uhuru Kenyatta attended the memorial service organized by the Azimio coalition to honor the victims who lost their lives during the recent opposition protest advocating for government action on the high cost of living.
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The retired president received a warm welcome from the attendees, signaling unity within the coalition. The memorial was held at the SKM command centre in Karen, where Azimio leader Raila Odinga, Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Martha Karua, and other prominent leaders gathered to pay their respects.
“Today, we gather as a nation to pray for the souls of the victims of police brutality to rest in peace. To the injured, admitted in various hospitals across the country, we wish you a quick recovery,” Azimio said in a statement.
The decision to attend the service comes shortly after Kenyatta made public remarks condemning President William Ruto’s administration for alleged harassment of his family members due to his association with Azimio. Despite the criticism from the Kenya Kwanza faction, the former President has remained unapologetic and reaffirmed his place and support for Azimio.
Kenyatta said he will not be intimidated by the current government to withdraw his support for Azimio al Umoja One Kenya Alliance, pressing that the government will not dictate who he associates with.
Uhuru has firmly denied any involvement in financing the ongoing anti-government demonstrations led by Raila Odinga. Speaking to reporters, Kenyatta expressed surprise at the claims leveled against him by Kenya Kwanza leaders.
Meanwhile, House Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wah today urged the Archbishop of Nyeri Anthony Muheria to reach out to Uhuru Kenyatta and advise him to refrain from actions that could destabilize the country.
The appeal comes after calls from the Catholic Church for President William Ruto and Azimio leader Raila Odinga to engage in dialogue as a means to address the current situation. As tensions remain high, various parties are being urged to seek peaceful resolutions for the greater good of the nation.