Raila orders Ruto to stop Mukuru demolitions, vows to resist evictions

Azimio senior director Raila Odinga on Friday attacked President William Ruto following the latter’s directive on the demolition of structures at Mukuru Kwa Ruben in Nairobi.

Raila, who was addressing a rally in Embakasi South, Nairobi, called on the head of state to reverse his initial decision to order the Ministry of Home Affairs to lead the demolitions on the Mukuru kwa Ruben Reperian lands.

The former prime minister called Ruto’s orders unethical and instead urged the government to first build houses for residents before evicting them.

“And I want to say today that these people should not demolish the houses in Mukuru kwa Njenga, they should not destroy any houses,” Raila said.

Raila Odinga, leader of Azimio la Umoja.

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The Azimio leader vowed to resist the government’s decision to demolish houses in Mukuru areas, saying it was against the will of the people.

Accusing the government of inhumane treatment for its decision to evict the residents, Raila said the government could have taken appropriate measures before embarking on the evictions.

“First build good houses before you come to destroy them. Kenyans are not animals, they must possess humanity,” said Chief Azimio.

“If you come with force, we are the force and we know how to apply it and we will unite so we can die with you,” added Raila.

Odinga further urged the head of state to immediately declare the current flood threat a national disaster as thousands of people had been directly affected.

During the rally, the former Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader also criticized the Education Cabinet Secretary for his late-night orders prohibiting the reopening of schools.

Raila accused the Education CS of failing to do his duty and Odinga claimed that many students were affected by Machogu’s late directive.

“They said schools would reopen, but they waited until the last minute after students traveled to school and issued a statement blocking schools from reopening,” the ODM leader said.

President William Ruto delivers a lecture at the Lusophone University of Guinea Bissau on April 6, 2024.