It will not be business as usual, Gachagua warns destructive youths
By Peter Ochieng
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has sounded a warning to youths who have been destroying property during Azimio La Umoja One Kenya protests.
Business men and women are counting loses of unknown value, after looting sprees during Azimio demos especially in Kisumu and Nairobi.
Speaking in Kakamega County on Saturday, Gachagua put the destructive youth on notice ahead of another round of Azimio demos on Monday.
He said it will no longer be business as usual.
“On Monday, the government of the Republic of Kenya will assert it’s authority in protecting property and lives,” warned the second in command.
“It will no longer be business as usual. Nobody will be allowed to destroy property again in Kenya. These are not protests, this is post election violence,” he insisted.
The protests were called by Azimio leader Raila Odinga, after President William Ruto’s administration failed to act on a set of his demands.
The demands include lowering the cost of basic commodities, opening IEBC 2022 presidential election servers and suspending the process of recruiting new IEBC chairperson and commissioners.
Gachagua however stated that Odinga is using the demands to hoodwink them into a handshake.
According to Gachagua, Odinga has sent emissaries to them to have a place in government, adding that the demos are Odinga’s way of ‘shedding blood’ into the government of the day.
He called out the ODM party boss for negatively profiling his community, given the fact that demos have been experienced in parts of Nairobi and Luo Nyanza.
“Raila Odinga has really profiled his community negatively. That is very unfair. The people of that region must call themselves for a short meeting and analyze the benefits of following a person persuing his selfish agenda.”
Odinga on the other hand has maintained that the Monday and Thursday demos will go on until his demands are met.
He has called for what he terms as the mother of all demonstrations on Monday, next week.