Azimio leader Raila Odinga has disagreed with the church’s characterization of the public protests as violent and with instances of looting public property, noting that they have always been peaceful and faulted the police for the ensuing violence.
In a statement on Saturday 22nd April 2023, Mr. Odinga took issue with the Conference of the Catholic Bishops who had termed the push as being unnecessary.
“We hope that the church will join Kenyans in seeking to establish the truth about last year’s elections by scrutinizing the servers in the best interests of the nation,” Odinga said and invited the Catholic Church “to partner with Kenyans in calling on the State to respect section 37 of the Constitution”.
“The core doctrine of Christianity, which is a belief in the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, guides the push for a forensic audit,” he said.
The ODM leader also noted they are ready to partner with the church to pursue the current issues facing the country in a much louder, consistent, and unapologetic manner for the sake of suffering Kenyans.