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Isaac Rutto hits out at Raila ahead of fresh Azimio protests

Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) party leader Isaac Rutto has condemned the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition for resolving to go back to the streets.

The former Bomet governor has urged Azimio leader Mr Raila Odinga to consider protesting in an environment that will not cause inconveniences to the people and their businesses.

Speaking at an event in Sotik, Bomet County, Mr Rutto urged Mr Odinga to let President William Ruto’s government be given time to work for Kenyans.

“If you want to demonstrate, know that I want to go to the market. And I have the right to go to the market and school as well. Allow us to work,” Mr. Rutto said.

“Let us provide a safe place for everyone even as we demonstrate. They should’ve asked to demonstrate at Uhuru Park, Nyayo or Kasarani stadium but don’t step on the roads.”

He also faults the Azimio for their protests, saying the cost of living will not be reduced through demonstrations.

The CCM leader was once a close friend of Mr Odinga and worked together in the Nasa coalition ahead of the 2017 polls, where Mr Odinga stood as the flag bearer against former president Uhuru Kenyatta.

Mr Rutto lost in his bid to reclaim the Bomet gubernatorial seat in a stiff battle that won by Governor Hillary Barchok of United Democratic Alliance (UDA).

He however subscribed to the Kenya Kwanza Alliance ideology of bottom up and elected to support President William Ruto’s presidency.

His take comes ahead of Azimio demonstrations scheduled for May 2, 2023, following the collapse of bipartisan talks.

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