CS Kuria suggests govt could use tactics similar to Museveni, Kagame to deal with Raila
The government has issued a warning to the opposition amid ongoing protests against the administration of President William Ruto.
Speaking to BBC’s Focus on Africa, Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria stated that the government will deal with the opposition just like its counterparts in the region, including the Presidents of Rwanda and Uganda.
“He’s had it for too long. He has had it good for too long. He had it with Kibaki (Mwai Kibaki). Kibaki is no more. Kibaki is dead. Kibaki is gone. He had it with Uhuru. He will not have it again, take it from me you cannot then there’s not going to be any dividend for democracy,” Kuiria said.
He went on to add, “We had very transparent elections, we went all the way to the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court pronounced itself, you know, every time coming to prosecute an election, then it means that we’re going to deal with him the way Kagame (Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda) deals with his opponents. The way Museveni (Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda) deals with his opponent. There’s no other way.”
Kuria didn’t mince his words, referring to the opposition’s call for mass action as “economic terrorism.”
He warned that the government will take action to prevent any further disruption, stating that “We are going to do what we need to do.”
Kuria’s comments come after protests led by opposition leader Raila Odinga on Monday, March 20, resulted in businesses shutting down in Nairobi and Kisumu.
Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition is calling out Ruto’s administration, accusing it of being illegitimate and failing to tackle the high cost of living.
According to Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja, the county has already suffered significant financial losses as a result of the protests.
He stated that the county brings in between KES 70 million and KES 80 million on a daily average, and that the cost of damages to infrastructure may exceed KES 40 million.
The Governor also noted that many people had avoided using digital services due to the disruptions caused by the protests and that the cost to the economy could be much greater if the protests continue.
Azimio has announced weekly protests every Monday and Thursday despite only 31 percent of Kenyans supporting the protests, while 64 percent do not support the mass action according to a poll by TIFA.