Monday, May 1, 2023 –A section of Luo elders have joined President William Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachgua in condemning youth who join Azimio protests.
Speaking today from Nyanza, the elders described those causing chaos in the country as unwanted men and women in the society who should be cursed for their actions.
In their address to the media in Kendu Bay, chairman Nyandiko Ongadi, recounted several instances they had warned the youth against taking to the streets but a few had heeded their advice while the rest still follow Mr. Odinga politics.
They, therefore, resolved to stage a cursing ceremony on whoever will participate in the anti-government demos to kick off tomorrow May 2; in the second phase.
The elders argued that, protests have brought a lot of loss in the country and it will be important if people shunned this culture of continuous politicking even after elections are held and decided at the Supreme Court level.
Luo Council of Elders chairman Nyandiko Ongadi threatened to mobilise his colleagues to curse all the demonstrating youth, from tomorrow.
“Elders are known to be people who advocate for peace. We have already sensed danger and asked youth not to protest,” he said.
According to the senior citizens, their curse will affect as many young men as possible and, therefore, need to heed the warning and remain at their home.
The senior citizens further took issue with parents who have let free their sons and daughters to join street demonstrations instead of going to the farm or school.
This culture, they said, had messed up their community for decades and what must be brought to a sudden end.
Miles away in Nairobi, Central Organisation of Trade Union COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli asked all workers across the country to report at their places of work instead of joining the Tuesday protests.
Mr. Atwoli who was addressing in Labour Day held at Uhuru Gardens, argued that protests will bring nothing on the table.
They were speaking this even as Raila and his charges maintained that biweekly protests will be back from tomorrow.
Raila, Ruto talks collapsed when their representatives failed to agree on both membership and clear agenda.