President William Ruto has firmly told off Opposition leader Raila Odinga over threats to return to protests, emphasizing that Kenyans should not be subjected to demonstrations for issues that can be addressed in parliament.
Speaking in Nyandarua County, Ruto urged Raila and his followers not to disrupt the peace and stability of the country with protests, but rather utilize peaceful means to resolve grievances.
”Hao wenzetu wasitutishe na maandamano. Kuna mambo mengine wabunge waliochanguliwa na waKenya wanaweza shugulikia… Msisumbue waKenya na maandamano, msisumbue watu na kuharibu mali zao.”
This translates to; Our people from the other side should not threaten us with protests. There are issues that MPs can deliberate on and solve in Parliament. Don’t disturb Kenyans with protests. Don’t disturb them by destroying their property.
Ruto’s stance was supported by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, who vowed to protect the property of Kenyans from destruction in case protests are initiated.
While acknowledging the right to peaceful protest, Gachagua stressed that damaging property belonging to the people of Kenya would not be tolerated.
hey (Azimio) are threatening to go back to the streets, no problem. The streets are there, they aren’t going anywhere. We are here and we will go nowhere,” Gachagua said
“But I want to say as I said, no one will destroy any property belonging to the people of Kenya. It will not happen. Whatever they want to do we are fine, no problem Lakini mali ya raia ipewe heshima,” he added
Raila Odinga, as the leader of the Azimio party, had warned earlier that they would resort to demonstrations if President Ruto fails to take their concerns seriously.
However, Ruto and Gachagua remained resolute in their commitment to finding peaceful solutions and avoiding disruptions caused by protests.