In Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, and Tunisia, opposition parties have planned mass protests for March 20, 2023, to voice their discontent with the current state of their governments. Party leaders and coordinators are urging people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the demonstrations, which they hope will send a message loud and clear that the people are no longer willing to tolerate the status quo. If successful, these protests could lead to real change in these countries, as the people would finally have a united voice that could not be ignored.
Kenya planned mass protests
Kenya’s Opposition Leader, Raila Odinga, has announced that he will be leading peaceful mass protests against President William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza administration. These protests are planned for March 20th in Nairobi, the capital. Odinga has said that these protests are necessary in order to bring about needed change in the country. He has called on all those who are dissatisfied with the current state of affairs to join him in these protests. It remains to be seen how many people will participate and what effect these protests will have on Ruto’s administration.
Odinga said that the protests are in response to what he sees as the government’s failure to properly address the concerns of the people. He explained that the action will involve company boycotts, strikes and sit-ins in government offices. He urged people to participate in the protests in order to send a message to the government that they are not happy with the current state of affairs.
The five-time presidential candidate says he wants to reclaim the supreme power that was stolen from the people after the August 2022 presidential poll. He believes that the current government is illegitimate and corrupt, and that the people deserve a better life. He is campaigning on a platform of change and justice, and he wants to give the people a voice again.
Raila Odinga has claimed that he was the rightful winner of the recent presidential election in Kenya, even though the Kenyan Supreme Court ruled that his rival, William Ruto, was the rightful winner. Odinga has said that he plans to challenge the Supreme Court’s ruling.
Odinga has been critical of the electoral process in Kenya, claiming that there were irregularities and that the election was not free and fair. Odinga has said that he will not accept the results of the election, and that he will continue to fight for what he believes is the rightful result.
“Take note that on 20 March, we have a date with destiny in Nairobi. We shall stage a massive procession in Nairobi for a legitimate and inclusive government,” Raila announced to supporters. He went on to say that this government would be one that listened to the people and worked for the betterment of all, not just the elite few. Raila urged all Kenyans to come out and join the march, as it was a crucial step in taking back their country.
The 14-day ultimatum that veteran politicians had issued to President Ruto has lapsed and now he is taking further action. He is demanding that President Ruto address the cost of living, open the 2022 presidential election servers and stop the process of appointing new members of the electoral agency, IEBC. These are all vital issues that need to be addressed in order for the upcoming presidential election to be fair and democratic. If President Ruto does not take these steps, then it is clear that he is not committed to a free and fair election.
After opposition leader Raila Odinga made the announcement in Nairobi that he would be boycotting the upcoming election, hundreds of his supporters flooded the streets of Kisumu and Vihiga in western Kenya on 10 March. They clashed with police while chanting anti-Ruto songs. The supporters were protesting what they perceive to be an unfair electoral playing field, with Odinga claiming that the deck is stacked against him and that he does not believe that the election will be free and fair.
They carried placards that read “High cost of living”, ”Ruto Must go” and “victimisation of the Cherera Four commissioners,” referring to the four electoral commissioners, who either resigned or fought to remain.
Ahead of the Nairobi protest, Odinga, who maintains that Ruto’s regime is illegitimate, has embarked on a series of political rallies in various parts of the country, with calls to his supporters to join the movement.
President Ruto has accused his main political opponent, Raila Odinga, of promoting impunity and trying to destabilise his administration. Ruto was addressing a rally in Kenya’s Rift Valley region, where he said that demonstrations would not be tolerated. He vowed to stay in power and said that his opponents’ demands would not be met. This is a clear escalation of the political tensions in Kenya, which have been simmering for some time.
Although Ruto has said that Odinga is merely attempting to push him into a political dialogue, Odinga has vehemently denied any such attempts. However, Ruto’s security minister, Kithure Kindiki, has warned that lawless opposition protesters will be dealt with swiftly and forcefully by the police. This appears to be a direct response to the recent protests that have broken out in response to the news of Ruto’s alleged corruption. It remains to be seen how Ruto and Odinga will resolve this conflict, but it is clear that the tension between the two political rivals is running high.
In the wake of Odinga’s announcement, security officers have increased the number of roadblocks leading to the State House in Nairobi and Kisumu. This is in response to fears that protesters might attempt to storm the building. This increased security presence is intended to dissuade any such attempts and keep the peace.
South Africa planned mass protests
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has confirmed that it will be taking to the streets in a planned national shutdown on March 20th and has called on all South Africans to participate. This follows the announcement by the President that a nationwide lockdown will be imposed from midnight on the 26th of March.
The EFF has said that it will be using the national shutdown as an opportunity to protest against the rising cost of living, unemployment and inequality in South Africa. It is also calling on South Africans to use the day to reflect on the “mistakes of the past” and to build a “better future for all”.
The EFF’s protest is against everything that is going wrong in South Africa. The two main points that their leader, Julius Malema, is highlighting are President Cyril Ramaphosa and load shedding. They believe that Ramaphosa is not doing enough to fix the issues facing the country, and that load shedding is making life unnecessarily difficult for people. The EFF is calling for change, and they want Ramaphosa to step down so that someone else can take over and fix the problems.
The EFF’s protest against President Cyril Ramaphosa is motivated by a desire to hold the head of state accountable for the alleged failings of his administration. The party argues that Ramaphosa is responsible for presiding over a failing state and enabling corruption. Additionally, the EFF blames the president and the ANC for the power crisis and problems at Eskom. By calling for the resignation of the president and demanding that electricity be restored to the country, the EFF hopes to bring about real change in South Africa. A Malema’s pre-shutdown rally call this week demonstrated that the party is also rallying over high levels of unemployment, the “high standard” of living, gender-based violence, poor education, and the lack of free tertiary education. In other words, any issue that could potentially impact South Africa negatively is part of the EFF’s call to action. This wide-ranging approach is likely to garner support from a large portion of the population, who are likely feeling the effects of at least one of these problems.
The EFF has announced plans to protest on September 27, 2019, and has warned businesses and companies across the country to shut down for the day. Party members have warned shops and factories in various areas to shut down “to avoid the looting“. The party wants nothing in the country to operate that day. Student bodies have also been signing on to participate in the protest, indicating that universities and other places of learning might be impacted.
Tunisia planned mass protests
In Tunisia, the opposition has organised mass protests against President Kais Saied’s administration. The protesters are unhappy with the government’s handling of the economy and its failure to improve living standards. They are also demanding democratic reforms and an end to corruption. The police have used teargas and water cannons to disperse the crowds. President Saied has vowed to continue his reforms and has called for dialogue with the opposition.
In Kenya, the opposition has refused to recognise the legitimacy of the recently sworn-in Parliament. The main opposition party, the Orange DemocratMovement, has instead pledged to form a parallel government. This has created a political impasse in the country, with both the ruling party and the opposition claiming legitimacy. The impasse has led to violence and unrest in Kenya, with several people being killed in clashes between the two sides.
Hundreds of opposition supporters in Tunisia took to the streets on Sunday to demand the release of more than 20 prominent figures who have been arrested in recent weeks. The protest, which was held despite a ban on demonstrations, drew a large crowd of people who are angry with the government for cracking down on dissent.
The opposition figures who have been arrested include journalists, human rights activists, and political leaders. Some of those who were arrested have already been charged with crimes, while others are still being held without charge. The crackdown has provoked outrage among many in Tunisia, who see it as an attempt by the government to stifle dissent and silence its critics.
Nigeria planned mass protests
Nigeria’s main opposition parties are planning mass protests on March 20th against the country’s electoral commission. The opposition parties believe that the commission did not do enough to ensure free and fair elections in Nigeria. They also believe that the commission is not properly investigating allegations of voter fraud. The protests are intended to pressure the electoral commission to take these issues more seriously.
Although Nigeria’s electoral commission declared ruling party candidate Bola Tinubu as the winner of the 2023 presidential election, many young voters are grieving the loss. Young people had high hopes for the election, and felt that it was an opportunity for change. However, Tinubu’s victory has dashed those hopes.
Many young people are now feeling a sense of grief and loss. They had invested so much hope in the election, and now they feel like they have lost something. This feeling is compounded by the fact that Tinubu is seen as a symbol of the old guard, and his victory represents a continuation of the status quo.
According to the Independent National Electoral Commission, Bola Tinubu won the Nigerian presidential election, beating out Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar. It was a significant victory for Tinubu, who has been a key political figure in the country for many years but he is seen as a strong leader and has a lot of support from Nigerians. It will be interesting to see how he runs the country and what policies he implements.
INEC officially announced that, Olusegun Tinubu won the presidency with 8.7 million votes, beating out 17 other candidates, including former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who garnered 6.9 million votes, and Peter Obi of the Labour Party, who got 6.1 million votes. Tinubu’s victory marks a significant milestone in Nigerian history, as he is the first president to be elected from the Yoruba ethnic group.