NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 4 – President William Ruto has dared Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga to go ahead with his planned demonstrations scheduled countrywide protesting the removal of four Independent Electoral and Boundaries (IEBC commissioners).
The President said he has directed the Interior Cabinet Secretary Kindiki Kithure to accord the Azimio la Umoja protesters enough security from Wednesday as announced by Raila Odinga.
“I have told Kindiki to ask the opposition people for their schedule for demonstrations so that we give them enough police officers to ensure they don’t loot from businesses,” Ruto said during an interdenominational church service in Embu County.
Raila Odinga is furious about the action of the President to suspended the IEBC chair Juliana Justus Nyang’aya, Francis Wanderi and Irene Masit, terming it political and a move orchestrated to rig the 2027 general elections.
Ruto says he is ready for the demos in whichever way they’ll come.
“We are used to these people and I want to assure Kenyans that the plan we have to change the economy will continue whether we have protest or not. We know the Azimio coalition doesn’t want this country to progress, they want Kenyans to remain poor.
“Let them plan their things but I want to promise them that Kenya will not be the same. You will not blackmail this nation and threaten the people of Kenya. We are determined to move the country forward and you will not hold us back,” Ruto said.
Sam Oduor is the editor-in-chief at the Western Kenya Times who leverages the power of the Internet in telling stories that shape opinions.