Rigathi Gachagua, the deputy president, has urged Raila Odinga’s opposition to end the continuing anti-government demonstrations because they are harming the country’s economy.
Gachagua claimed that the nation had suffered losses of at least Ksh. 2 billion on the first day of the Azimio protests while speaking in Mombasa on Monday.
Given what transpired in Kisumu, when the Azimio people looted chairs and food, quite a few business owners in Nairobi’s CBD chose not to open their shops and companies out of fear of theft and property destruction, according to the DP.
“As a result, the country has lost about Ksh. 2 billion in terms of business this morning due to a lack of activity in the CBD, and this is money that should have been flowing into the economy.”
Gachagua added that it was sad that the Azimio leaders were organizing demonstrations at a time when the nation’s economy was starting to improve.
“We want to implore these individuals to think about stopping the mayhem, intimidation, and disorder this afternoon because what they are doing is wrecking our economy. The economy had started to show indications of improvement, and we were receiving a lot of information from global financial players and other partners that the opposition’s planned events were bad for the economy “he stated
Nevertheless, he gave Kenyans the assurance that all required steps had been taken to ensure that no people’s lives or property were lost as a result of the protests.
“I want to reassure the Kenyan people that President William Ruto has given the police IG detailed instructions to safeguard people as well as assets. The CBD is now under police control. There have been no fatalities or property losses “added he.
“We implore Kenyans to resist being persuaded to engage in acts of violence and property destruction because doing so is bad for the nation. We want to ask individuals causing chaos to be good enough since we have a country to run “the DP stated.
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