State condems violent protests terms them unlawful
The state yesterday issued a strong statement against breach of peace as NASA called on its supporters to boycott work today.
In a statement delivered by State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu, the government said the police will not tolerate breaches of peace instead, they will protect the lives and property of Kenyans and will restore law and order.
Manoah indicated that there are peaceful and constitutional means by which to address any grievances as those who incite violence and division will leave them to suffer the consequences.
“Don’t let yourself be a pawn in someone else’s game, let the Constitution decide any disputes that remain,” read his statement.
Since Uhuru Kenyatta was declared President-elect by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission on Friday evening, violence erupted in some parts of the country. Protests broke out in several slum areas in Nairobi and parts of Nyanza region where tyres were burned and market stalls set alight.
Manoah observed that the protest have been unlawful since property has been damaged and lives have been endangered.
“The violent protests are unlawful, so let me be perfectly clear here: the Police will not tolerate breaches of the peace; instead, they will protect the lives and property of Kenyans; and they will restore law and order,” read his statement.
He said it is time for the country to move forward in nation building activities aimed at achieving prosperity and development for the country.
“This has been a long campaign: day after day, we have argued about the state of the nation and debated different visions of Kenya’s future. Now, the campaign is over. The arguments have been heard. Kenyans have made their choice: they have chosen President Kenyatta’s vision of progress and prosperity and transforming Kenya. It remains for us to reflect on the results, and to unite in building the country. It’s now time for us all to get back to work and move this country forward,’ read his statement.
In addition, the President he said intends to make sure that every Kenyan feels the full effect of the governments progress in the next five years in creating of 6.5 million new jobs, and that is why he cutting the cost of living.
The President he said has also committed to ensuring our elderly live dignified lives in their sunset years, and that our mothers and sisters have an expanded post-natal healthcare as they bring forth the future generations of Kenyans.