By Isaac Kiti
The National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate, Raila Odinga has been accused by President Uhuru Kenyatta of destroying Kenya’s economy by facilitating violent demonstrations to score political mileage. President Uhuru condemned the moves employed by the Opposition as a jeopardy to the country’s economy, destruction to infrastructure, derailment to development and spread insecurity.
“I am telling Raila not to jeopardize the economy because that is what brings the taxes that fund services for Kenyans. Do not let your interest defeat the interest of 45 million Kenyans,” stated the President on Friday while in Meru town. The Head of State also cautioned the NASA coalition against violent protests that have lead to destruction of property. “You can go on with your demonstrations but do not damage the property of Kenyans.
This was after Tumaini Supermarket and an eatery in Kisumu, was looted and destroyed in on Friday by Anti-Chiloba protesters who also destroyed water supply lines. Uhuru said those are not the kinds of development Kenyans want and said Raila should forget a ‘half a loaf’ government (coalition government) and instead to rally his supporters to vote for him in the repeat presidential poll scheduled for October 26.
Information from the locals say angry youths expressed their anger on the businesses after they were refused access to IEBC offices in Kisumu County. Looting occurred as Opposition protests to push for reforms in the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ahead of a fresh presidential poll to be held in October.
Hundreds of protesters showed up in great numbers and crippled transport along the Kisumu-Kakamega highway. The protesters lit fires and blocked roads using stones and burning tyres. Police had to confront demonstrators by dispersing them.