Monday, May 1, 2023 –Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua was booed when he was delivering his speech on reduced unga prices during the Labour Day celebrations.
Gachagua who had taken to the dais started thanking the head of State for having achieved a lot in his efforts to reduce the cost of living; but this saw him receive negative reactions from the audience who seemed not to agree with his sentiments.
“We thank you (Ruto) for the great efforts you have put in to restore the economy. Through prudent management and well-thought-out interventions, you have successfully brought down the cost of unga from an all-time high of sh 230 to sh 150,” he stated.
This quickly saw the audience react with negativity forcing the DP to try to explain why some retailers were still selling highly.
“This is depending on where you are buying…its true… its in between sh 150 and 170,” explained Gachagua amid the noise.
He also addressed the opposition protest issue saying President William Ruto had done everything possible to reach out to his opponents and to encourage dialogue but Azimio seem not ready for the peace.
“Azimio la Umoja people have been given a chance but they have decided to go back to the streets. What they must know is that President Ruto swore to protect and uphold the constitution,” he added.
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, therefore, asked opposition leaders, led by Raila Odinga, to settle for a Parliamentary Bi-partisan process or street protests, because they cannot have both.
On his part, COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli urged the government to consider reaching out to Raila Odinga for the sake of peace.