Embu women leaders express worry over planned Azimio mass action
Sunday March 19, 2023
By Samuel Waititu
A section of women leaders in Embu has expressed concern over the planned Monday mass action by Azimio leaders saying it will only serve to cause chaos and disrupt people’s lives.
They said there were other avenues provided for in law to address their grievances with regard to disputed presidential elections results and skyrocketing cost of basic commodities.
Led by Nominated MCAs Maureen Nyaga and Mary Kavinda, the women accused opposition leader Raila Odinga of using street protests to arm twist the government into a power sharing deal.
“This is a path that Raila has used in the past to make his way into the government and we are vehemently opposed to any Handshake or Nusu Mkate Government,” Ms. Nyaga said as he called on President William Ruto not to give in to pressure.
Speaking during a press briefing in Embu Town, the MCA said the planned protests would also disrupt the school calendar as children are set to be heading back to school from the mid-term break starting Monday.
“It is our children who will suffer should the demonstrations proceed as planned,” the MCA lamented while urging Azimio leaders to reconsider the move.
MCA Kavinda defended the government over the high cost of living, saying it was a crisis occasioned by factors such as climate change and Covid-19 and had nothing to do with the government of the day.
She said the opposition ought to have given the Ruto led administration ample time to see whether things would ease-up before they can start bashing it just a few months in power.
“It is untrue what the opposition is telling us because the cost of basic commodities has gone down as compared to before elections,” she said citing that the cost of a litre of cooking oil had gone down.
They asked the government to stand firm to rebuff any attempt by the demonstrators to loot or cause chaos.