In Summary
  • Five people died, tens were injured and property destroyed during the confrontation.
  • The President also declared his support towards an annual marathon in memory of the late governor.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has put on notice Nasa leaders following violence that rocked the return of Mr Raila Odinga from the US on Friday, saying his government would not tolerate violence.

The President, speaking at the funeral service of Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru, who died in a road accident on the Nairobi-Nyeri highway on November 7, said he would not allow “a few people to destroy the country”.

The President was reacting to violence that rocked Nairobi as Nasa supporters engaged anti-riot police officers in violent confrontations.

Five people died, tens were injured and property destroyed during the confrontation.

“We have a Constitution and we are a nation that is governed by the rule of law. We must abide by it. Asking people to abide by it is not going overboard,” said Mr Kenyatta.

The President noted that he was also not above the law, citing his recent decision to respect the law when he was asked to go back to the ballot after the Supreme Court annulled his August 8 election win.

“Even myself as President, I followed the law when I felt I had been wronged. We shall demand that we must be a nation that is guided by the Constitution,” he said.

Appealing to Kenyans to remain peaceful, the President said his government would not allow chaos and violence to dominate the country.

His deputy, William Ruto, accused Nasa of using intimidation and violence to force their way to power. “They think they can use intimidation and violence to further their political agenda but they will not succeed. We will never succumb to intimidation or blackmail,” he said.

“This country is too important to be left in the hands of people who believe in chaos and bloodshed. We will not allow this country to go the slippery road of anarchy, chaos, violence, division and tribalism,” he said.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko also hit out at Nasa supporters for destroying property and looting shops as they received Mr Odinga.
“We will not allow further bloodshed in Nairobi. We admit that the Constitution allows demonstrations but it also dictates that they must be peaceful,” he said.

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