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Angry Kindiki vows to arrest organisers, financiers of demonstrations

Wednesday, July 12th, 2023 21:44 | By
Interior CS Prof Kithure Kindiki
Interior CS Prof Kithure Kindiki. PHOTO/Print

The leaders, organisers and financiers of Wednesday’s demonstrations will be arrested and punished, Cabinet Secretary for Interior and National Administration has said.

In a press statement, Prof Kithure Kindiki said the government has mobilised all law enforcement agencies to investigate, arrest and prosecute those involved in the planning and execution of the crimes allegedly committed during the demonstrations, putting Azimio leaders on notice.

According to some media outlets, at least eight people were killed in the chaos that rocked various towns across the country.

“This culture of impunity will stop,” Kindiki warned. “All those who took part, directly or indirectly, in today’s well-orchestrated violation of public safety and security of our nation shall be punished,” K

indiki said.According to Kindiki, the leaders behind what he described as an “orgy of violence and destruction” were working at the behest of politicians allied to Azimio leader Raila Odinga. He blamed Raila for the high cost of living, saying that he was to blame for the excesses in government after the 2017 election that resulted in a huge national debt and an upsurge in the cost of living.

Elsewhere, Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa called for the arrest of Raila and warned that legislators opposed to the weekly protests will start mobilising their supporters to defend themselves and their businesses from protesters.

Earlier, Raila said the demonstrations were about Kenyans. “Kenyans understand that suffering will be the new normal if Ruto gets away with the Finance Act and the many other dictatorial political and policy decisions he is currently pursuing,” he said in a press statement sent to newsrooms last evening.

He also called for bipartisan talks to reconstitute the electoral commission, which has been pending since January when the last two commissioners and chairman Wafula Chebukati retired.

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