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Azimio leaders are economic terrorists, Ruto says

President William Ruto during a previous public address.

President William Ruto has termed Azimio leaders as economic terrorists, implying that the planned weekly demos amount to economic sabotage.

The President further warned that the government would deal decisively with economic terrorists, who will dare stand on the way of Kenya’s economic recovery. He was speaking at the Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE) offices – during an event to officiate the listing of Local Authorities Pension Trust’s (Laptrust) Income-Real Estate Investment Trust (I-REIT).

The President was speaking to inspire confidence on investors and business owners who had felt the effects of last Monday’s demonstrations. “There is no reason whatsoever, for anyone to stand in the way of free enterprise, disrupt business, sabotage economic activities, or work as economic terrorists for personal selfish interests. Such impunity must be dealt with firmly and full accountability enforced to vindicate Kenya’s commitment as a free market economy,” he said.

Last Monday, the Azimio top leadership staged country-wide anti-Ruto demonstrations to compel the government to lower prices of basic commodities, open servers and also drop all names that the President had already selected to head the electoral body.
The entire Monday went up in smoke as demonstrators engaged police officers in running battles across major towns in the country.

Even though they have been branded as economic terrorists, Azimio leaders have planned to have two days per week (Mondays and Thursdays) of demonstrations across the whole country.

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