President Ruto Urges Kenyan Citizens to be Law-Abiding

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Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto of United Democratic Alliance (UDA) and Kenya Kwanza political coalition speaks at an interview with Reuters ahead of the forthcoming presidential elections, at his Karen residence in Nairobi, Kenya, July 20, 2022. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

President William Ruto has called for all Kenyans to respect and obey the law, reaffirming his commitment to take action against criminal behaviour. This statement came in response to the unrest of Monday’s anti-government protests, which saw police deploying tear gas and outsiders engaging in looting and vandalism. Law enforcement needs to be held accountable, and citizens must prioritise lawful behaviour going forward.

This came after the African Union appealed for calm and political dialogue after demonstrations called by opposition leader Raila Odinga rocked Nairobi and the western city of Kisumu.

Impunity will not be permitted, according to President Ruto, who is now on a diplomatic mission in Germany, and all Kenyans must obey the law.

“That is what makes us equal. Nobody should trample on the rights of others,” Ruto said in a statement, adding he would ensure the right to life, property, and business was protected.

“We have deliberately offered the police operational and financial independence to work. It is their duty to ensure that everyone adheres to the rule of law,” he said.

The head of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, expressed “deep worry” about the violence on Tuesday and urged restraint.

According to a statement from Faki’s office, “we are asking all stakeholders to exhibit patience and engage in discussion to address any differences that may arise in the paramount interest of national unity and reconciliation.”

Faki “expresses grave worry about violence… which has resulted in loss of life, property damage, and the disruption of some economic activity.”

“Those involved in criminal activity, including the invasions (of properties), will be brought to book,” Ruto told reporters during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Ruto, who is on a four-day trip to Germany and Belgium, last week urged his rival to halt the demonstrations.


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