President Ruto has hit out at Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition leader Raila Odinga over the planned anti-government demonstrations.
Speaking at a church service in Kapsabet Showground, Nandi County on Sunday, the president claimed the protests are aimed at causing chaos and destruction of property.
He noted that Odinga has no legitimate reason to call for mass action, adding that the protests are part of a ploy to advance his political agenda.
“Raila Odinga has no reason at all to call for protests. The protests are meant to destroy people’s property. That’s his philosophy, that’s how he plays his politics. We will not accept that,” said Ruto.
He further dismissed Odinga’s demand for his administration to lower the cost of living, saying the opposition leader was responsible for the high cost of living in the country following his handshake with former President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Ruto insisted that while he is willing to engage with opposition leaders to discuss the country’s future, he will only do so in a constitutional and lawful manner.
“I am ready to engage with any leader if we are discussing the future of our country, the destiny of our nation in a constitutional, legal manner. But we are not going to engage in anarchy, we are not going to be threatened with ultimatums,” he stated.
“You are not going to threaten us with ultimatums and chaos.”
The president indicated that police will provide security during the protests and will also deal with anyone attempting to cause trouble.
“The police will do their job according to the law, they will ensure the rights of everybody are protected: those who want to protest and those who want to go about their businesses and their jobs,” he said.