'We will arrest you, you are not above the law,' Malala tells Raila

'We will arrest you, you are not above the law,' Malala tells Raila

A sid-by-side image of UDA SG Cleophas Malala (left) and Azimio leader Raila Odinga (right).

United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Secretary General Cleophas Malala has accused Azimio leader Raila Odinga of causing unrest in the country and economic sabotage. 

Speaking during a UDA mass registration drive in Tana River County on Saturday, Malala warned Raila that he will be arrested if the anti-government protests continue. 

He said Raila should be held responsible for the destruction occasioned by the Saba Saba mass protests on Friday, accusing him of intentionally frustrating President Ruto’s government. 

“We are putting up with you (Raila), but we are almost fed up. If you continue to destroy people’s property, chasing away investors and misusing youths…you are not above the law, we will arrest you and take you to court,” Malala said. 

The UDA Secretary-General warned Raila against proceeding with a planned mass protest on Wednesday next week. 

“We shall start by arresting Raila Odinga,” he said, calling on Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki “not to entertain Raila again.”

Additionally, Malala downplayed Azimio’s latest move to collect 10 million signatures to kick start a revolution against President William Ruto’s government.

“You cannot do the same thing the same way and expect different results. You have been holding Saba saba march for years, but you have not gotten presidency. You think you will threaten Ruto? William Ruto is here to stay until 2032, if you want to collect signatures, try in 2033,” he said. 

At the forum, Former Tana River Governor Hussein Dado claimed courts are also being held hostage with political activists being used to frustrate the government as witnessed in the suspension of the finance act. 

Tana River Senator Danson Mungatana said opposition should not dictate what the government should be doing within their programs but plan how to form a future government.


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