Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria has weighed in on the ongoing anti-government protests led by Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition leader Raila Odinga.
In an interview with BBC, Kuria said the Kenya Kwanza administration under the leadership of President Ruto will employ different tactics to tame Odinga, whom he accused of “terrorizing” previous governments.
Insisting that the Kenya Kwanza government will not be cowed to negotiate with Odinga, the outspoken cabinet secretary said Ruto will have no choice but to employ the tactics used by Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni to handle their detractors.
“He has had it good for too long. He had it with Kibaki, Kibaki is no more, he is dead and gone. He had it with Uhuru. He will not have it again, take it from me. There’s not going to be any dividend for democracy,” Kuria said.
“We had very transparent elections, we went all the way to the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court pronounced itself…every time coming to prosecute an election, then it means that we’re going to deal with him the way Paul Kagame deals with his opponents, the way Museveni deals with his opponent. There’s no other way.”
Kuria dismissed claims that Odinga has called for mass action over the high cost of living in the country, noting that the opposition leader’s ploy is to acquire power using unorthodox tactics.
He further claimed that Odinga’s aim was to sabotage and destabilize Ruto’s administration, adding that he should use other means to address his issues.
“What is happening in Kenya has got nothing to do with the cost of living. It is just nothing but economic terrorism because our opposition is aware that we are on a takeover…but we’re going to do what we need to do,” he stated.
“We are not ready to talk with him…on what? He is a member of the party, the leader of the opposition, he’s got sizeable members in Parliament, he can make his case within Parliament but this rewarding him for undermining institutions…losing elections all the time and coming to say talk to me, about what?”