Politicians allied to Deputy President William Ruto were amply tipped that the narrative at yesterday’s Labour day celebrations held at Uhuru Park grounds was purposely tailored to target their Tanga tanga outfit and their patron.
The speakers were carefully picked to launch attacks on the said wing of the ruling Jubilee Party. Some Ruto MPs were overheard claiming how such an important national workers event could be turned into a political rally against corruption.
The youthful legislators were happy that they followed their instinct and skipped the event
Trade unionists and politicians at the event warned Kenyans to prepare for mass action if the government fails to tame corruption. The leaders said that corruption saw the government’s appetite for debts go up while many of wananchi remained poor.
“We should move from the handshake to handcuffs to tame corruption and ensure Kenyans access good health and education among other basic needs,” ANC leader Musalia said.
The event was attended by diplomats, civil society and the general public. Labour Day is an annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers and is organized by the Central Organization of Trade Unions in the country.
Cotu boss Francis Atwoli warned the government to address wastage of public resources and rampant stealing instead of highly taxing the workers. He said workers are ready to go to the streets to demand their right.
“Even the thieves are using other means to change the laws to steal from the poor workers. We will not allow workers to be used,” Atwoli said.
Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka said the corrupt have always taken Kenyans for a ride and it’s time wananchi stood against them.
“The government security apparatus has the power to locate and recover corruption proceeds. They also have powers to prosecute the suspects and must move fast,” Kalonzo said.
Kenya National Union of Teachers secretary-general Wilson Sossion said the option Kenyans have if prosecution of suspects has failed is mass action.
“We can’t have lazy people benefiting from the sweat of poor workers. Let us respect what belongs to Kenyans,” Sossion said.
“You can see even the employers (government) and the Federation of Kenya Employers have boycotted the event. We must respect the effort and brains workers are using.”
ODM Chairperson John Mbadi said his party was not against corruption but politicians should not steal from Kenyans to donate in churches.
“We must respect God and taxpayers,” he said.
But the highlight of the event was when irate youth stormed the National Labour Day celebration at Uhuru Park Nairobi demanding for a revolution as they protest against poor leadership that has come with high cost of living standards.
The protesters dominated by bodaboda operators temporarily brought operations to a standstill at the Uhuru Park which witnessed a handful number of Kenyans who had turned out for the event as opposed to past similar functions which had attracted large crowds.
The group carrying a banner and donned in t-shirts labeled Sonko Defence Forces (SDF) made their way into Uhuru Park running, shouting and blowing whistles as presentations by entertainment groups were ongoing.
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, going by his body language, appeared infuriated by the stir caused by the group.
They had placards diminishing the status of the President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Some were overheard saying Kenya, we need to go Sudan, Algeria way.
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