Azimio La Umoja leader Raila Odinga has addressed his notable absence from the ongoing three-day anti-government protests, which he had previously organized.

In a telephone interview with NTV, Odinga revealed that he is currently suffering from a severe bout of flu, but he reassured his supporters of his unwavering commitment to their cause.

"I am nursing a terrible flu, but I am getting better," Odinga explained during the interview. "I am urging my supporters to go on with the protests because tomorrow is the grand finale."

Since the protests commenced on Wednesday, there have been reports of at least six fatalities and over 300 arrests.

Many of the arrested individuals, primarily concentrated in Nairobi, face charges related to unlawful assembly and property damage, as announced by Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki.

Despite government statements asserting that the protests have been successfully contained, Raila remains resolute in his call for the demonstrations to continue on Friday.

He emphasized that the protests are not centred around him or the Azimio leaders, asserting that they are a collective effort for all Kenyans.

"The protests are for all Kenyans; it is not about me or Azimio leaders, so even if we are not present, they proceed," Raila firmly stated.

Raila's absence had sparked speculation and questions regarding the fate of the demonstrations.

However, his candid explanation regarding his health and unwavering support has reaffirmed his dedication to the cause.

As the protests enter their final day, Kenyans await to witness the impact of this grand finale and whether the authorities will continue to maintain their stance on the containment of demonstrations.

The clarion call to President William Ruto's administration to lower the rising cost of living remains at the forefront, as citizens exercise their right to voice their concerns and demand accountability from their government.

The situation remains tense, with a nation closely observing developments in the capital and other areas where protests have taken place. It is a critical moment for Kenya, with the hopes and aspirations of many citizens riding on the outcomes of these demonstrations.