Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna has come to raila Odinga's defense after he faced backlash for agreeing to hold talks with President Ruto amid anti-government protests.

In an interview with Standard, Sifuna stated that Raila has people he leads, and they are the people he would represent in the national conversation planned by Ruto on Tuesday.

PHOTO | COURTESY Nairobi senator Edwin Sifuna

"Raila is not going to represent Gen Z. Gen Z have said they are leaderless and Raila is not their leader. But there are people Baba (Raila) leads. Not everyone is leaderless and partyless. I have a party, and I am the Secretary General of that party (ODM)," Sifuna said.

He went on to say that Raila would represent those who were party members during the debate.

PHOTO | COURTESY Nairobi senator Edwin Sifuna

"We can't sit as leaders and keep quiet as things happen in the country. Gen Z did their Space (X Spaces) with the president, did you see Sifuna or Raila there? No. So Raila is a leader to some people and those are the people he is going to represent, not everyone is leaderless," Sifuna added.

Raila was criticized for agreeing to a six-day national dialogue with President Ruto to discuss pressing national matters, including Gen Z's recent concerns about Ruto's governance.