President William Ruto has warned that the Azimio La Umoja coalition may face difficulties in the upcoming 2027 elections if they persist with ongoing protests.
During a speech in Kabartonjo, Baringo County, while distributing title deeds, the head of state urged the opposition to abandon protests and instead join the government’s efforts in nation-building.
“We don’t have an issue with the opposition; they’re doing their constitutional duty. But if they continue with demonstrations, even going so far as to put pots on their heads, won’t they lack agents for the next election?” he remarked.
Ruto’s statement can be loosely translated as: “We have no problem with the opposition; they are carrying out their constitutional duties. And if they persist with protests, taking to the streets and even using pots as headgear, won’t they even lack enough agents for the upcoming 2027 elections?”
Ruto emphasized that his administration is committed to upholding the law in accordance with the constitution, stating that the nation cannot be disrupted through violence and chaos.
“We desire democracy, and we will follow the rule of law. We can’t jeopardize our economy with violence; it goes against patriotism and the principles of law,” he declared.
On August 5, Azimio La Umoja leader Raila Odinga issued a thirty-day ultimatum to Ruto regarding a dialogue. He mentioned that if the talks fail to yield results, his team will take a different course of action.
“Azimio La Umoja is prepared to engage in talks with the Kenya Kwanza government. We are giving the Ruto-led administration a 30-day ultimatum. If our demands are not met within that timeframe, I will provide new instructions. But if they’re not ready to talk and agree with what we’re seeking, we’re saying that after 30 days, Kenyans will take a different step.”