Uhuru denies funding Azimio protests but says demonstrators have a point » Capital News

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 21 — Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta has challenged President William Ruto’s administration to prove claims he is funding anti-government protests.

Kenyatta argued the government should instead focus on addressing issues raised in the protests saying that is what he did while in government.

“The issues that Kenyans are talking about have nothing to do with me,” he said.

“Have you seen me in any of those demonstrations or talk about those protests?” he posed.

Kenyatta vowed to resist intimidation designed to scare him from supporting Azimio leader Raila Odinga insisting government will not dictate his associates.

“So I should not be allowed to talk with my friends, is that a crime in Kenya now? Are you telling me that they are terrorists and bank robbers that I should not associate with them,” the retired President stated.

Kenyatta said while he opposed Ruto’s presidential ambitions, he yielded to the outcome of the election and ceded instruments of power.

“I might not have supported this government, but I accepted the will of the people, and I handed over on broad daylight you all saw that.”

The Retired President was speaking to claims by a section of leaders allied to the government who have accused him of financing a plot to destabilize Ruto’s administration.

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While speaking in Kericho, House Majority leader Kimani Ichung’wah Thursday appealed to Nyeri Archbishop Anthony Muheria to reach out to Kenyatta and admonish him to stop destabilizing the country.

Ichung’wah was responding to calls by the Catholic church to have President William Ruto and Azimio leader Raila Odinga embrace dialogue.

“I respect our church leaders including my friend Archbishop Anthony Muheria,” he said.

“If you want peace to prevail in our country speak to your brother, your friend and parishioner Uhuru Kenyatta,” Ichung’wah added.

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