Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua on Wednesday asked Kenyans to go to work, assuring them of adequate and elaborate security on tomorrow and every other day.
The DP said that the government is ready to protect business and property belonging to all Kenyans despite their status in society.
The DP spoke at Kangocho Secondary School in Mathira constituency during a visit to assess the school’s development needs and appreciate teachers, students and parents for good performance academically. The DP was the area MP between 2017 and 2022.
“I’m appealing to all Kenyans and business owners to open their business and continue working hard as usual. The Government of Kenya has a constitutional mandate to protect life and property of all Kenyans equally. The government will protect both the rich and the poor,” the DP said.
The DP also urged business owners in Nairobi and other parts of the country to open their businesses, emphasizing that the government will protect them from thugs and looters.
The DP said they will not be intimidated and blackmailed into talks with the opposition and said the demonstrations were meant to force them to share the government.
He added that the cost of living was not the real issue that the opposition was protesting about but their main strategy is to get to power through blackmail and intimidation.
“He has intimidated previous governments through blackmail to get into power. All previous governments succumbed to his pressure but this time round, the government will not tolerate his unbecoming behavior,” Gachagua said.
President Ruto and the Kenya Kwanza Administration are focused on delivering on The Plan and will not be distracted by self-seekers, the DP affirmed.
At the same time, the DP appealed to leaders from Mt Kenya to remain steadfast, firm and focused on development and protection of the economic rights of the people.
“They should not be intimidated by those who did everything to frustrate them and unsuccessfully attempted to lock them out of leadership and development,” he said.
The Deputy President also urged the media to be fair and objective.
On his part, Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga poked holes on calls for dialogue noting that the opposition has yet to come to terms they lost the last elections.
“You cannot call for dialogue when you do not accept that you lost the election,” Kahiga said.
Kahiga also asked religious leaders to engage the opposition to stop the demonstrations before calling for dialogue.