William Ruto blames unnamed foreigners for sponsoring anti-gov't protests: "Hatuhami"

William Ruto blames unnamed foreigners for sponsoring anti-gov't protests: "Hatuhami" William Ruto blames unnamed foreigners for sponsoring anti-gov't protests: "Hatuhami"
  • President William Ruto in his first public engagement since the advent of the recent anti-government said he would not bow to pressure to give up power
  • He asked his detractors to be patient until 2027 when they will fire him on the ballot after evaluating his performance
  • The president has been taking the heat from the Kenyan young citizenry that has been demanding a significant governance change

Kai Eli, a journalist at TUKO.co.ke, brings more than three years of experience covering politics and current affairs in Kenya.

Kajiado -President William Ruto now has vowed to stay put despite pressure from the Kenyan youth advancing a revolt.

The president has recently taken the heat of an aggrieved Kenyan public which pressured him to drop the government's move to raise taxes.

How did Ruto react to protests against his regime?

He asked his detractors to wait until 2027 when they will use the ballot to fire him after evaluating his performance.

"We will meet in the elections, and everyone will be present the work they have done. You citizens are smart, you will know who worked and who failed. You will send home those who will not have lived up to your expectations, and re-elect the performers," Ruto said.

In the same breathe, Ruto blamed unnamed people based outside Kenya for striving to destabilise his administration by planning and bankrolling the protests.

He maintained that Kenya is a democracy where a regime change is effected via the ballot.

Ruto said he would not be dislodged from his agenda for the country.

"Those who are trying to plan these things, I want to tell you that Kenya is a democratic country, it is our nation and we will not be vacating to any other place...so no need for chaos and destabilising the country's peace. Kenyans are smart and are the ones deciding how their country is ran," he said.

The president spoke in Kajiado on Wednesday, July 10, when he was commissioning of the Kimuka power sub station.

This was his first public engagement since the advent of the protests.

His pronouncment came days after his close allies claimed the mass action protests were sponsored by coup plotters.

Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi said the demonstrations were not solely to oppose the moribund Finance Bill 2024 but to overturn Ruto's administration.

Who wanted to overthrow Ruto's government?

Speaking in his area, the lawmaker claimed civil societies and other unnamed figures were behind the protests.

The National Intelligence Service (NIS) had earlier listed six prominent politicians, two Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), and a businessman as sponsors of the protests that had taken the violent and destructive turns.

According to the intelligence report, three of the politicians were from Nairobi county, two from Mt Kenya region and one from Rift Valley.

The protests climaxed with the invasion of parliament by the protesters on June 25.

The anti-finance bill protests in Kenya?

  • The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) indicated that as of Monday, July 1, over 40 deaths and 361 injuries had been documented resultantly from police action.
  • The protests began on June 18 and climaxed with the breach of Parliament a week later (June 25), the citizens pressuring the state to withrawd the tax-filled Finance Bill 2024.
  • The protests bore fruits as the president conceded to the pressure, declining to sign the bill into law.
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