President William Ruto has said cartels in the local agriculture sector are behind Azimio One Kenya coalition leader Raila Odinga’s planned public rally tomorrow.
Speaking during a thanksgiving service at Kirinyaga Stadium, Kirinyaga county today, the President claimed the protest, is the doing of players in the agriculture sector who are upset that his government is planning to weed them out.
“Let them protest however they want but they must leave farmers alone. They can finance whatever they want to finance but our farmers can never be the slaves of brokers and cartels who have taken hostage our market,” he said.
“We must ensure that farmers’ businesses are thriving because they are the surest solutions for our food security intervention. These cartels and corrupt people in the coffee, tea and milk industries are the ones financing the protests because of our plan to get rid of cartels,” said Ruto.
Raila is expected to hold a public rally at the Kamukunji Grounds when he returns from South Africa, where he has been holding meetings in his capacity as the AU High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa.
He is expected to address key issues with his supporters including, the recent report by a purported IEBC whistleblower claiming that Raila won the August 9, 2022 polls.