In an effort to maintain stability and support the nation’s growth, Kenyan President William Ruto has enacted plans to halt the resurgence of Azimio ‘maandamano’ protests. The president underscored the importance of avoiding disruptions in the port city, which would have far-reaching implications for supply chains in the East African Community region.
Ruto emphasized the need to rally behind local leaders, stating, “We need to move forward as a nation. Let us give the governor time to work and deliver. Let us not distract or divert him. He has a rigorous performance contract.” His remarks come as the nation faces challenging economic times and seeks to prioritize progress over unproductive demonstrations.
Mombasa Governor Hassan Ali Joho, elected on an ODM ticket, affirmed his commitment to addressing the challenges affecting residents, stating, “I need to ensure that the people of Mombasa will be able to grow, but I will not deny anyone their constitutional right.” In response, Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi called upon coastal governors to collaborate with Ruto’s administration to bolster the economy.
During an Iftar dinner at Burhani Sports Club in Mombasa, Mudavadi criticized Azimio leaders for resurrecting discussions surrounding the International Criminal Court. He urged politicians to avoid inciting chaos, emphasizing that the nation must prioritize peace and stability.
Addressing opposition leader Raila Odinga, Mudavadi stressed that no one is above the law and cautioned against challenging the state. He also encouraged Azimio’s leadership to accept Ruto as the duly elected president and warned against allowing a single individual to jeopardize the country’s well-being. Mudavadi dismissed calls for negotiations akin to the Kofi Annan-led Serena talks, citing the stark contrast in current circumstances compared to the 2007/2008 period.
Mudavadi concluded by urging President Ruto to act decisively, emphasizing the need for development and progress over protests.