FAKE: US Embassy dismisses statement linking DP Gachagua, Ichung'wah to chaos during Azimio protests

for Tv47 Digital March 30, 2023, 02:23 PM
US Embassy disputes statement linking DP Gachagua, Ichungwah to chaos
Statement purported to be from US Department of Treasury. PHOTO/COURTESY

In Summary

  • The statement which was purported to be released by the US Department of Treasury linked DP Rigathi Gachagua, Trade CS Moses Kuria and MPs Kimani Ichungwah and Ndindi Nyoro to violence witnessed during Azimio protests on Monday.
  • Azimio Thursday protests kicked off on a slow start as Raila Odinga is expected to make appearance.

The United States Embassy in Kenya has dismissed a statement circulating on social media that top government officials have been sanctioned over Azimio protest chaos.

The statement which was purported to be released by the US Department of Treasury linked DP Rigathi Gachagua, Trade CS Moses Kuria and MPs Kimani Ichungwah and Ndindi Nyoro to violence witnessed during Azimio protests on Monday.

"Their actions were meant to silence dissent; limit freedom of speech and the press, degrade the rule of law, perpetuate violent conflicts, undermine economic markets, and generally undermine democracy in Kenya," part of the fake statement read.

U.S. Embassy Nairobi Spokesman Andrew Veveiros termed the statement as fake, saying, "there has been no such communication from the United States Government."

This comes amid a blame game between Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance and Kenya Kwanza over the invasion of the Kenyatta family farm in Ruiru and Raila-linked gas company on Monday.

On Wednesday, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua defended MPs Kimani Ichungwah and Ndindi Nyoro from alleged attacks by Azimio over the invasions.

"Leave Kimani Ichung’wah and Ndindi Nyoro alone... I want to urge Ichungwah to remain alert and firm.. I have a responsibility to protect our young leaders because I have a responsibility to prepare them for tomorrow," he added.

Azimio Thursday protests kicked off on a slow start as Raila Odinga is expected to make an appearance.

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