Opposition leader Raila Odinga on Wednesday, February 22, gave the Kenya Kwanza government a 14-day ultimatum to bring down the cost of living.
“The cost of basic commodities and taxes must come down in the next 14 days… If demands are not heeded within 14 days, we shall lead Kenyans to mass action across the country to restore sanity,” Raila said.
However, in a quick rejoinder, Kenya’s President William Ruto dared Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition party leader Raila Odinga to make real his threat of mass action.
Speaking during the launch of the Nairobi River Commission at Korogocho in Nairobi County, the Head of State said he will not be blackmailed and instead asked the former Prime Minister to use legal means to keep the government in check.
“I want to tell our brothers, relax, na wasituuzie uoga. Sisi ni watu wa kuuziwa uoga? Kila mkenya ako na haki katika taifa letu la Kenya na malengo ni kuhakiisha Kenya inaenda mbele (and don’t sell us fear. Are we people to be sold fear? Every Kenyan has rights and our goal is to ensure that the country moves forward),” Ruto said.
The president told Raila that he had no time for people who were eating life with a big spoon and that his main agenda is to ensure that the hustlers are well attended to.
“My plan is to ensure that the living standards of ordinary Kenyans are improved and they should know that we are busy building what they broke,” President Ruto added.