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UDA bigwig asks Odinga to tone down anti-Ruto demos

UDA bigwig asks Odinga to tone down anti-Ruto demos

Kitutu Chache North MP Japhet Nyakundi wants Azimio leader Raila to tone down his anti- Ruto rhetoric.

While protests have their place in the constitution, Nyakundi observed, they are often abused to cause loss of lives and property.

“We are not running away from the fact that live has become costly but violent demos on our streets cannot be the right answer to it,” the MP told mourners at Nyakeyo area during the burial of a former medic on Friday.

The country the Mp noted continues has lost billions in revenue due to the flurry of protests being staged across the country by Odinga and his ilk.

On Thursday President William Ruto while in Mahimahiu accused immediate forner president Uhuru Kenyatta of funding the mayhem in the country.

“I also unite with my boss to ask those funding these chaos to put the interests of their country first. Those who are doing so will fly out and leave the poor slaughtering each other in the name of politics,” the UDA party Treasurer said.

Separately, he said he was dismayed by violent politics in Kisii County and offered to meditate so as to bring peace between the protagonists fighting for supremacy. .

He said without a truce between Kisii Governor Simba Arati and Majority Chief MP Sylvanus the tide of political skirmishes being witnessed shall continue.

Nyakundi spoke during the donation of buses to Mesaria and Sensi Secondary school in his constituency .

His call for peace comes a week after three people were shot dead in Saba Saba demos in down town Kisii .

The friendship between Arati and Osoro is in its all time low following funeral fracas in South Mugirango where the governor was forced to flee after goons cut his speech over a protocol hitch tiff with MP Osoro.

And during the Wednesday riots in Kisii, one protester suffered an arrow injury when bow and arrow wieding goons filtered into the demos at Daraja Mbili market area .

The deployment of armed goons to square it out with protesters appeared to bear the hall marks of political violence.

Nyakundi said the squabbles in Kisii had already begun to derail development.

The image of the region is already being dented adding that it deprive it of economic opportunities if not not looked into.

“If we continue with these skirmishes, those who suffer the most are our children, we must stop this madness ,” Nyakundi said.

The MP said being from different political parties should not be the causes of gang skirmishes in the County

At least nine people had since arrested in connection with the Thursday protests in Kisii alone .

They were arraigned on Friday for participating in an illegal assembly.

At least 27 more are already facing similar charges before court.

Nyakundi said it was time that Osoro and Arati had a sitting and thrash out their differences before the situation runs out of hand.

Nyakundi said though young and inexperienced in politics, he will try to bring Arati and Osoro to the table.

“I would also seek Senator Richard Onyonka, so that we can bring these two warring leaders together and iron out this thing out once and for all,” the MP said.

If not tackled on time, the raging skirmishes would cause escalate the violence into a blood bath where politicians will be fighting for power, the legislator stated .

” We had all along been known to be peaceful and we must take all efforts to ensure the same peace is maintained,” the UDA national Treasurer said.

Other leaders who condemned the Thursday violence in Kisii and Nyamira are North Mugirango MP Joash Nyamoko, flamboyant Kitutu Chache North politician Don Bosco and political activist Darious Mosoti.

Nyamoko who spoke to Star by phone said Gusii as a region stands to lose immensely in terms of economic investments if the pattern of political violence persists.

He especially castigated the use of university students to cause mayhem in the riots.

“I appeal to our students to resist any temptations to be dragged into the riots with cheap handouts. Our parents go through a lot to see your through education,” he said.

Gichana, on his part, while protests are a democratic right, some people were misusing them to orchestrate violence and vandalism.

He urged for peaceful protests to step destruction of property.

” It has taken years to build what we have and it can only take hours and a week to put to waste that effort,” he said.

He condemned the use of bribes to seduce people to cause destruction to property.

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