Gideon Moi, the KANU national chairperson has finally addressed the ongoing Azimio mass action protests after a prolonged absence from the frontline. Moi carefully crafted his statement, balancing his support for Azimio La Umoja and his criticism of the government.
The KANU leader emphasized the importance of remaining united despite political differences, even as the Constitution allows for the right to picket. However, he strongly condemned the disorder and destruction of property during the two protest exercises.
Moi noted in a statement seen by Kazinikazi.co.ke that the right to picket under Article 37 should not lead to the destruction of private property in any part of the country, whether it be a stall, shop, supermarket, or even a farm.
Moi further emphasized the need for tolerance and coexistence in light of the religious conflict that erupted after the burning of a church and mosque in Kibra.
The KANU leader went quiet after the August 2022 General Elections announcement and the subsequent Supreme Court ruling on the presidential petition.
Despite being a coalition party member, Moi has not participated in the mass protests alongside co-principals Raila Odinga, Martha Karua, and Kalonzo Musyoka so far. However, he is not the only notable Azimio member absent from the demonstrations.
Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta was also challenged to join the protests, with a faction of Kenya Kwanza leaders accusing him of financing the demonstrations. Raila Odinga refuted this accusation.
In an interview with the BBC, Azimio chief Raila Odinga confirmed on March 26 that Uhuru was still a part of Azimio, but he was focusing on international affairs.
He also stated that he would only talk to Ruto if he stopped interfering with the opposition, pushed for the opening of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) servers, and reduced the cost of living.
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