Raila, Karua accuse foreign powers of turning blind eye to Kenya Kwanza ‘ills’
The Azimio la Umoja - One Kenya coalition has faulted the international community over what they term as loud silence amid alleged attempts by the Kenya Kwanza government to muzzle the opposition.
Speaking at a press conference in Nairobi on Tuesday, March 28, opposition leader Raila Odinga claimed that foreign powers had turned a blind eye to various government "ills" including police brutality.
"Our foreign friends have remained silent, most of them are in collaboration with President William Ruto and Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and therefore they cannot speak," Raila said.
"They are seeing the ills happening in the country, it is a big shame," he added.
The former prime minister said the West should stop being silent and pick a stand on the alleged ills perpetrated by President William Ruto's administration.
Raila alleged that senior government officials were behind Monday's attacks on his property along Mombasa Road and that of retired President Uhuru Kenyatta's family at Northlands City near Ruiru.
"How can he go to Germany and talk about attracting foreign investment, yet back at home, he has put machinery for vicious attacks on local investments?" Raila posed.
"On climate change, how does Ruto sanction the setting of trees on fire and wants to convince us he is mitigating climate change and real growth? Why do foreign leaders and businesses entertain such a conflicted personality."
Goons invaded the Kenyatta family's farm yesterday and looted property of unknown value during the opposition's protests in Nairobi.
The gang invaded the multi-billion property well-armed with machetes and power saws before they began to cut down eucalyptus trees as others made away with sheep grazing on the farm.
Similar attacks were witnessed at Raila East Africa Spectre Limited, a gas plant situated along Mombasa Road.
"The last time we witnessed such an invasion of farms and companies in this part of the world was by Robert Mugabe, who claimed to be compensating freedom fighters in Zimbabwe. It ended in the total collapse of Zimbabwe’s economy, and it'll not be any different here," Raila said.
Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua echoed Raila's sentiments, saying the Head of State should be held responsible for the destruction of property witnessed on Monday.
"We note the overwhelming silence of our international friends and the conspicuous silence of brutal Ruto, who, after planning the dark Monday attacks with his people, quickly jetted out of the country. He must be held responsible for yesterday's destruction, mayhem, arrests, injuries, and loss of life," Karua said.
The opposition has called weekly protests to push for economic and electoral reforms in the country. The government insists the demonstrations are illegal.