Gatundu South MP and Water CS condemn anti-IEBC protests

Moses Kuria addressing residents in Cherangany
Moses Kuria addressing residents in Cherangany

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has called for action to be taken against NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga for not ensuring the anti-IEBC demonstrations are held in an orderly and peaceful manner. Property has been vandalized in some places and goods stolen in the anti-IEBC demos.

Speaking during the homecoming party of Sinyereri MCA Abraham Mwale, Kuria said NASA supporters have used the demos to loot goods and destroy property, and at the same time have disrupted peace.

The MP said the protests may divide Kenyans along tribal lines and said if left unchecked, may cause tribal clashes, citing the 2007/2008 post-election clashes, “The protests in 2007/2008 polarized the nation and am afraid the NASA protests are similar in fashion,” he said, “We urge the opposition through their leader Raila Odinga to call off the demos.”

Kuria appealed to international communities should also condemn the protests, “We as Jubilee we are appealing to the international community to come clean on this,” he said.

Furthermore, he pointed out that opposition supporters destroyed water pipes in Kisumu as a sign of a change in tactics in their demonstrations, saying they have resorted to hooliganism.

His sentiments were echoed by Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, who said the opposition should respect the constitution when it comes to the rules of picketing and peaceful demonstrations.

He condemned the destruction of the water pipes in Kisumu, saying some families now lack the vital amenity, “It’s their right to demonstrate, but it’s not wise for his supporters to demolish property,” said Wamalwa.