President William Ruto has restated his opposition to upcoming anti-government protests, despite calls from opposition leader Raila Odinga for his supporters to demonstrate against the current administration.
The remarks from President Ruto followed an announcement by the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party that they would hold protests for three consecutive days next week, based on public demand.
During his speech in Nakuru County, President Ruto emphasized that he would not tolerate the violence and property destruction that have been associated with previous demonstrations.
He questioned the necessity of continuing with these protests, highlighting the loss of life and property damage in previous incidents.
The Commander in Chief also accused Raila of being a disruptive force in past governments, specifically mentioning his role in the 2008 coalition government and the derailing of the Big 4 Agenda initiated during President Uhuru Kenyatta’s term.
“Akakuja akachanganya Uhuru, ile mambo yetu ya Big 4 ikapotea…tukaenda BBI mpaka tukaingia madeni. Saa hii tuko na deni ya trilioni tisa,” said President Ruto.
President Ruto advised Raila to move on from the past, as he lost the presidential election last year, and asserted that Kenya cannot be transformed by causing harm to its citizens and damaging its assets.
“Nataka kumwambia Bwana Raila Odinga, uchaguzi iliisha mwaka uliopita. Huwezi kutafuta uongozi wa taifa letu la Kenya kutumia damu ya wananchi, maafa ya wananchi na kuharibu mali ya Kenya,” advised the Head of State.
He concluded by assuring Raila that he would be watching closely and that their paths would cross, implying that he would stand firm against any attempts to destabilize the country.
The head of State was speaking in Nakuru County on Friday after launching the Njabini-Naivasha Road, where he promised that the destructions will not continue anymore under his watch.
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