Azimio leaders blast Ruto over Matiang’i

Azimio leaders during the Kisii rally./COURTESY

Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition leaders have blasted President William Ruto over what they term as harassment meted out against former Interior and National Coordination Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.

Speaking at Keroka and Keumbu markets in Kisii County, the leaders condemned recent incidents where the residence of Matiang’i had been invaded by police officers terming the move as mere harassment and a violation of his rights.

Led by Azimio leader Raila Odinga, the leaders said it was unfair for the Ruto administration which campaigned on the platform of professionalizing the Police Service to use police to break into people’s houses in the guise of conducting investigations.

“I heard that Matiang’i’s residence had been invaded by police officers. When I rushed there to find out what it was, the officers took off in different directions,” said Odinga.

Odinga said Ruto’s move on Matiang’i is a paradoxical move that goes against his campaign pledges.

“They tried in vain to get court orders to conduct a search in Dr. Matiang’i’s house and in the end, they opted to forcefully break into his house,” said the Azimio leader. 

The leaders decried the skyrocketing prices of commodities in the country saying this has become unbearable to Kenyans.

“We promised to make life easier for Kenyans. We promised to lower prices of commodities, but whatever Kenyans are experiencing today is as a result of Ruto stealing Raila’s victory” said Martha Karua. 

On the other hand Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka said Kenya was headed in the wrong direction as result of the poor leadership by President Ruto.  Others who addressed were Eugene Wamalwa, Simba Arati, Jeremiah Kioni and James Orengo among others.