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Boniface Mwangi: Critic turned ally now supports Uhuru’s anti-graft push

Activist Boniface Mwangi will on Tuesday lead a march to State House, Nairobi, to show support for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s fight against corruption.

Mr Mwangi has been a fierce critic of President Kenyatta and his Jubilee coalition. He has repeatedly derided President Kenyatta’s regime as being driven by a ‘diaper mentality’ towards internal security and the economy.

Tuesday’s march will be of a rare kind since Jubilee coalition assumed power. For the first time, activists will not be  highlighting government’s failures but supporting its measures to curb corruption.

In a notification letter to the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mwangi stated that the march will be in support of President Kenyatta’s war on corruption.

“We expect your officers to respect Article 37 of the Constitution of Kenya…We look forward to being provided police escort for this peaceful march led by free citizens of this great country,” read the letter in part.

The march, dubbed #Knockoutcorruption, will start at 10am. Participants will meet at the Freedom Corner, Uhuru Park,  and head to State House’s Gate A where they will present a petition to the chief of staff and head of public service Joseph Kinyua.

President Kenyatta last week reshuffled his cabinet and reorganized state corporations following embarrassing revelations of massive looting and wastage in his government.

The reshuffle saw the sacking of all cabinet ministers and principal secretaries linked with corruption.