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AU piles pressure on Ruto after Azimio Protest and invasion of Uhuru’s farm

by Samantha Ruth
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The African Union Commission has called on political leaders in Kenya to engage in dialogue to promote national unity and reconciliation amid ongoing protests organized by the opposition coalition, Azimio la Umoja.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the AU Chairman, Moussa Faki, expressed deep concern over the violence that has ensued since the start of the protests on March 21, which has led to the loss of life, damage to property, and disruptions to economic activities in Nairobi.

Faki urged all stakeholders to exercise calm and engage in dialogue to address any differences that may exist in the interest of national unity and reconciliation. He also recalled the successful conduct of Kenya’s August 2022 General Elections and the subsequent confirmation of the election outcome by the Supreme Court.

The Azimio protests, called for by opposition leader Raila Odinga, are aimed at highlighting issues such as the high cost of living and alleged corruption in the government of President William Ruto.

However, the protests have led to clashes between protesters and police, resulting in injuries, property damage, and loss of life.

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja recently estimated that the county lost about Sh40 million in a single day due to the protests. Church leaders have also urged the opposition to call off the demonstrations and engage in dialogue with the government.

Despite the calls for dialogue, Odinga has maintained that the demonstrations will continue until President Ruto addresses their demands.

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