• Wednesday, 24 July 2024

"Kalonzo, Kioni, Miguna are behind the Ruto must Go slogan not Gen Z" Defence CS Aden Duale says

Defence Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale now claims that the ‘Ruto must go!’ slogan that recently dominated chants during the anti-government demonstrations was not coined by Gen Z protesters.

CS Duale, who spoke on Citizen TV’s JKLive show on Wednesday, opined that the slogan was a creation of opposition leaders and politicians against President William Ruto’s leadership.

He went on to name Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Jubilee Party Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni, and outspoken lawyer Miguna Miguna as being among the creators of the anti-Ruto slogan that has also caused a wave across social media platforms.

“Ruto must go slogan is not a Gen Z slogan… it is Kalonzo Musyoka, it is Kioni, it is Miguna. It is a traditional cabal group of people who are not Gen Zs, who have not recovered and who cannot wait for 2027,” he said.

“Those are words that are coming from those who should occupy their places in the opposition, traditional people who never voted for Ruto and we respect their views but Ruto is the President today.”

Duale argued that the said individuals are hell-bent on pushing for the removal of the President, with the hope of succeeding him immaturely before his term ends, since they are aware that they cannot floor him in legitimate presidential elections come 2027.

He claimed that the said leaders are banking on the chance that Azimio la Umoja One Kenya chief Raila Odinga will assume the African Union Commission Chairperson position thereby leaving a vacancy for them in opposition.

“They even feel that since Baba is going to AU, they don’t have a chance in 2027 and in their wildest dreams, they feel there is a shortcut to change William Ruto. The Constitution 2010 does not envisage that, you cannot even tell an MCA that he must go,” Duale stated.

Though the CS did not reveal the names of influential politicians and NGOs that he said are behind the violence witnessed during the protests, he at the same time divulged that the government was compiling a list on the same and will make it public within 10 to 14 days.

“One of the media houses said that the internal security system in our country has already profiled individuals; certain politicians, businessmen and NGOs. In 10 days or two weeks, they will be arraigned in court. We will not allow the deaths that took place to reoccur,” Duale noted.

Since the demonstrations started about two weeks ago, the youths in the streets had been chanting slogans of 'Reject Finance Bill 2024', and 'Occupy Parliament' before later changing to 'Ruto must go!'

 

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