Raila vows to oppose gov't charges on ID cards

Raila vows to oppose gov't charges on ID cards

Azimio leader Raila Odinga during a rally in Murang'a on April 20, 2023. PHOTO | COURTESY

Azimio leader Raila Odinga has faulted the government for hiking National ID card charges, saying the document should be given free of charge as proof of citizenship.

Odinga, in a Wednesday meeting with the clergy in Westlands Constituency, opposed the proposed charges in a gazette notice dated November 14, vowing to oppose it. 

“We will fight on the ID issue. Every Kenyan should get an ID card, as it is the one that shows you are a Kenyan. So someone wants you to buy it,” Odinga said. 

“We will demand that every Kenyan is given an ID card even if they do not have money,” he added. 

The ODM party leader also addressed the upcoming National Dialogue Committee (NADCO) report, saying it must address key areas among them the high cost of living, IEBC restructuring and the auditing of the 2022 presidential votes.

Odinga said they will reject the dialogue outcome if it does not address the issues. 

The sentiments were also echoed by the MPs who flanked Odinga threatening to shoot down the report if presented to the bicameral house without capturing the pertinent areas.

The NADCO led by Kalonzo Musyoka and Kimani Ichungwa is expected to finalize drafting its report today.

The former prime minister also warned politicians against early campaigns as it will subject the country to unnecessary tension.

He was flanked by city law makers led by Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna, Nairobi Woman Rep Esther Pasaris, Westlands MP Timothy Wanyonyi, Beatrice Elachi of Dagoreti North, former Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya and several MCAs from Nairobi County.


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