Sakaja vows to protect Nairobi from Azimio mass action

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has vowed to protect Nairobi residents’ property, businesses, and lives if Azimio proceeds with their planned mass action, for which they have set a deadline of this week.

The Azimio coalition has announced plans to ramp up protests across the country in order to demand a variety of issues, including lower living costs, the return of subsidies, the elimination of taxes, and reclaiming victory in the August 2022 election, which they claim was rigged in favor of President William Ruto.

However, Sakaja said that he will not allow any disruption of peace and order in Nairobi, which is home to millions of residents and businesses.

“Everything has its own time. Kenyans are tired of politics; voting was already done, and the winner is in place,” Sakaja said on Sunday during a church service at Jesus Winner Ministry.

“I will not allow anybody’s property, business, or life in Nairobi to be destroyed. Many people are going through difficult times, and we cannot allow that to worsen,” he added.

Sakaja, who was elected as governor on a UDA party ticket, urged the opposition to engage in dialogue instead of confrontation.

“All of this cannot be accomplished through chest thumping; even the Bible says, ‘Let us come together and reason,’ though this does not imply a handshake,” he said.

Sakaja’s remarks come amid rising political tensions in Kenya following the disputed election that saw Ruto defeat Odinga by a narrow margin.

The ODM communications director Philip Etale released a plan on Sunday that stated that the anti-Kenya Kwanza government demonstrations will begin after the deadline on Wednesday.

As a result, starting on Friday of next week, Raila is expected to lead protest with the first rally taking place in Migori county in Raila’s native Nyanza.

The anti-Ruto protests will then go on during the weekend in Narok County and go to Mombasa on Sunday. On Monday, the Azimio team will hold a rally in Kilifi.

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