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EXCLUSIVE: Maanadamano the only lanaguage Ruto understands – Gaucho

By Winnie Onyando November 11th, 2023 2 min read

Self-proclaimed Bunge la Mwananchi president Ghetto Calvince Okoth aka Gaucho has told Kenyans not to rely on Azimio la Umoja One Kenya leader Raila Odinga for demonstrations aimed at putting pressure on President William Ruto to, among other matters, lower the cost of living.

In an exclusive interview with Nairobi News, Gaucho who was instrumental during the recent demonstrations called by the opposition’s Azimio la Umoja coalition, argued it was the responsibility of Kenyans to come out and hold protests if they felt the cost of living was unbearable.

“I want to tell Kenyans to stop waiting for Baba. The last time he was in the street demonstrating, people took him for granted and he was accused of bringing destruction to the country. So if people want change, let them come out in large numbers and protest. Let them not rely on Raila,” argued Gaucho.

He also noted that the demonstrations, dubbed maandamano in political circles, will push President William Ruto to the wall and make him lower the cost of living for hustlers.

“Yes, I believe maandamano will bring a change and this will only be possible if Kenyans themselves go to the street and not just wait for Baba (read Raila) to break the ice for them,” Gaucho added.

Gaucho who was arrested severally during the anti-government protests also noted that Mr Odinga should continue taking a back seat until Kenyans feel the pinch.

The comments come at a time when Kenyans on X are asking Mr Odinga to lead demonstrations over the high cost of living.

Mr Odinga has appeared to respond, reminding business people who castigated him for leading the demonstrations of their current suffering.

In early 2023, Mr Odinga led demonstrations countrywide over several matters including alleged malpractices which he claimed denied him victory in the 2022 presidential election, plus the high cost of living.

The demonstrations led to several arrests, injuries, deaths, and loss of property.

The demos stopped after the government and opposition leaders agreed to form the National Dialogue.

Gaucho’s sentiments come at a time the cost of various commodities, include fuel and milk, has significantly risen.

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