KANU chairperson Gideon Moi has condemned the destruction of property witnessed on Monday’s anti government protests.
A church was burnt in Kibra on Monday night by goons who were retaliating the burning of a mosque within the slum earlier in the day.
Additionally, property was destroyed when goons invaded opposition leader Raila Odinga’s cylinder manufacturing company in Nairobi, as well as former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s family land in Ruiru.
Moi, whose party KANU has been absent in the demonstrations has said Kenyans must denounce property destruction even as they exercise their constitutional right to protest and picket.
“Even as we exercise the right to picket under Article 37, we must all be emphatic in denouncing the destruction of private property in any part of this country, be it a stall, shop, supermarket or even farm,” he said in a series of tweets.
“We must come to a common understanding as a nation that our different political inclinations should not degenerate into religious animosity as recently witnessed in parts of Kibra Constituency, Nairobi County. Our constitution acknowledges the supremacy of the Almighty God in the Preamble and the freedom of religion, thus reaffirming the importance of religious tolerance despite our beliefs,” the former Baringo senator said.
Although KANU is under the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition party, the independence party has not been active in the Azimio protests as the opposition pressures President William Ruto’s administration to lower the cost of living, among other political issues.