A group of leaders who support the ruling Kenya Kwanza administration have strongly criticized Nairobi County Governor Johnson Sakaja’s call for the government to hold talks with the opposition. Sakaja believes that the government was built on the principle of inclusivity, and all leaders should be recognized and their concerns heard. He stated that decisions have been made in tough times that are greater than any individual since the days of President Moi. Sakaja emphasized that Kenya is bigger than any individual and urged the government to be inclusive.
Sakaja clarified that he did not call for a handshake between President William Ruto and Azimio One Kenya Coalition Party leader Raila Odinga. He stated that the politics of exclusion are not the politics of Kenya Kwanza and that the country needs to promote inclusion. Senator Samson Cherargei rejected the possibility of a handshake with the opposition and accused Sakaja of being wrong on the matter. He made the statement on his Twitter account and stated that Raila Odinga should look for glucose ahead of the Monday race.
Nakuru County Governor Susan Kihika also criticized the Raila Odinga-led group, stating that they should accept their defeat in the last election. She questioned the purpose of elections if the losers always demand to be forcibly included in the government. She argued that the winner of the election becomes the President, and the loser goes home and waits for the next election hoping for better luck to turn the tables and win legitimately.
Raila has announced the start of nationwide protests aimed at pressuring the government to reduce the high cost of living, among other things. President Ruto has dismissed the demonstrations, stating that they will not derail the government’s development agenda.