Maandamano Day 3 Update: Normalcy returns in most parts of the country

Normalcy and calm have returned to most parts of the country on the third day of the Azimio anti-government protests.

Lamu Island is back to its usual activities, while Nairobi and Nakuru’s central business districts have seen some businesses reopening after the chaos that occurred on Wednesday.

Even so, in Homabay, there is still some tension, and many businesses remain closed.

In Kisii, a small group of protesters attempted to gather, but police dispersed them quickly, maintaining a heavy presence to prevent further demonstrations.

In Kisumu, where public transportation was temporarily disrupted on Wednesday appears to be getting its normalcy back despite some tension.

The coastal town of Malindi remained peaceful all morning to 10am, with residents going about their daily routines without disruptions.

More students have returned to school after a joint statement from the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Ezekiel Machogu, and the Interior and National Administration Cabinet Secretary, Kithure Kindiki, who ordered the reopening of schools on Thursday.

During day two of the protests, leaders from the Azimio coalition expressed concerns over escalating police brutality and unlawful arrests targeting innocent Kenyans and leaders.

The National Assembly Minority Leader, Opiyo Wandayi, called for action from international bodies and local authorities to address the situation.

Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino was among those arrested. He was taken to court and later transferred to Kileleshwa Police Station. His case will be heard today for a bail ruling.

In response to the protests, President William Ruto emphasized the need to protect Kenya’s economy and home from violence. He also mentioned that he will not conduct a handshake with Azimio la Umoja leader, Raila Odinga.

Addressing the Nation Media Group, Raila Odinga clarified that the protests were not about him or his co-principal Martha Karua, but about millions of Kenyans struggling with the high cost of living and punitive taxes. He said he had not called President Ruto and vice versa, emphasizing that the protests were not seeking a handshake.

Raila further expressed his lack of trust in President Ruto and his reluctance to have talks with him. The situation remains tense as both sides hold their ground.

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