Ruto, Raila Kamukunji rally clash over agriclutural cartels financing protests


President William Ruto in Kirinyaga photo
President William Ruto.

The proposed Kamukunji demonstration that is scheduled to take place on Monday, January 23, has been disregarded by President William Ruto, who has hit out angrily at the Azimio coalition.


Ruto said that the coalition's motivation for the demonstrations was a plot to suit his interests, as he was speaking during a church service that was held at Kerugoya stadium in Kirinyaga County.


He was addressing the congregation in Kirinyaga County.He, on the other hand, reaffirmed that some individuals who did not get their way in the leadership contest that took place on August 9 would not be able to hold the nation hostage.


"To those who oppose national unity and want to tell us stories from the past, I want to make a pledge to the Kenyan people that we will not allow the nation to become a prisoner to the intimidation and blackmail of a small group of individuals who are only concerned with protecting their own interests."


"So do not be terrified. Our emphasis won't be shifted to suit their interests, so we aren't reminding them any more," Ruto declared. "I will not let a few individuals threaten us in order to distract our attention from the obligations we are to make to our people."


Ruto poked holes in the arguments of his critics by saying that the opposition should be happy with the rewards they got from previous governments' threats.
"Let what you got in exchange for threats be a good enough replacement for what you wanted."


"Let us go to work for the benefit of the people. Because these individuals want to hold a protest, we are unable to provide our services to them on a daily basis. No matter what you decide to do, the nation will continue to grow ahead."


President William Ruto gave a strong warning to cartels in the agriculture sector and said that some of the people paying for the planned protests are members of the cartels.


"I've heard that they are the ones sponsoring the protests since we told them to leave." Ruto said, "Let them hold their protests, but our businesses can't be held hostage by brokers and cartels that have taken over our markets."


He then asked his deputy, Rigathi Gachagua, to get them off the market as soon as possible.

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