The Member of Parliament for Mbeere North constituency the Honorable Geoffrey Kariuki Kiringa Ruku has condemned with strongest possible terms, the destruction of property in the guise and pretence of demos.
We have held a press conference at Parliament Buildings to condemn the destruction of property and businesses happening across the country following a Maandamano call by the Azimio brigade.
Alongside fellow Members of Parliament, we have called on the National Assembly organs to fast-track The Assembly, Demonstration, Picketing and Petition Bill, 2023
(Maandamano Bill) to hold organizers of violent protests accountable to all destruction of property and loss of lives during demonstrations.
We have made it clear that Kenya must move away from a culture of hooliganism, violence and vandalism in the name of demonstrations and adopt a culture of peaceful and unarmed protests that do not hinder the conduct of business and nation building.
We have categorically stated that the organizers of violent and armed demonstrations are disrespectful to the spirit of our Constitution that envisages peaceful and unarmed demonstrations, picketing and presentation of petitions to public authorities.
We cannot Build a Better Society Together when individuals destroy public and private properties without blinking an eye and no one is held accountable for such unlawful acts of impunity.
As a result of the ongoing violence and vandalism, The Assembly, Demonstration, Picketing and Petition Bill, 2023 has come at the right time to tame the ill interests of economic saboteurs disguising themselves as defenders of the people.
Other Members of Parliament who attended the Press Conference include: Hon. John Gitonga Mukunji (Manyatta), Hon. Didmus Bàraza (Kimilili), and Hon. Josses Lelmengit (Emgwen).”