While it was expected that President William Ruto would repel Raila’s protests, the Head of State instead said Raila’s threats to demonstrations are not new and that his government will provide him with enough security to avoid the destruction of Kenyans’ property.
“I have asked Interior CS Prof Kithure Kindiki to ask Azimio to give him their schedule of demonstrations so that we provide enough security to avoid the destruction of people’s property,” President Ruto said.
However, political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi has warned the First in Command against undermining Raila’s nationwide protests.
The analyst in a statement said rallies could end up weakening President William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza government if not prevented.
He equated Raila’s consultative meetings to the Arab Spring that took place over a decade ago, in which longstanding dictators were ousted from power.
“The problem with Kamukunji revolts is that they start in small installments. Little by little, they acquire a life of their own. This is how the Arab Spring started.
“Raila’s strategy is to destabilize Ruto the was Ruto disorganized Uhuru. Raila has nothing to lose,” Mutahi Ngunyi said in a Tweet.
Raila held his first anti-government protests on Wednesday, December 7, at the Kamukunji Grounds in Kibra where he spelled out his anti-government programs that were expected to last for 30 days.
Some of the issues Raila is protesting about include the high cost of living, forcible ejection of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioners, and arbitrary sacking of civil servants.
Others include unfulfilled campaign promises, lack of ethnic balance in appointments, and disregard of Chapter Six of the Constitution in appointments, as well as unpopular policies like the importation of genetically modified maize.