Kenya is in a state of anxiety, hopelessness ahead of demos - LSK boss

President William Ruto said he will use all means to stop the protests.

In Summary

•Opposition Chief Raila Odinga said the anti-government demonstrations will go on for three days this week.

•All primary and secondary day schools within Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa cities will remain closed on Wednesday.

Law Society of Kenya President Eric Theuri.
Law Society of Kenya President Eric Theuri.
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The Law Society of Kenya has waded into the state of affairs of the country.

Eric Theuri, LSK President, said that many Kenyans are not optimistic about the future ahead of today's (Wednesday) demonstrations.

"We (The nation) are in a state of anxiety, hopelessness and unpredictability of tomorrow's ( Wednesday) demonstrations," he said on NTV on Tuesday evening.

Theuri explained that Kenyans are not only concerned with the nation's security but the ability to also defend themselves and their families.

"There is a sense of loss of direction and not being in the position to look into the future. For a country that is rated among those that are optimistic, it's really a sad state of affairs," he said.

Opposition Chief Raila Odinga said the anti-government demonstrations will go on for three days this week.

He said the demos will be held whether the government issues a permit or not.

Azimio la Umoja said due to requests from all sectors, the peaceful demos will be held on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

However, President William Ruto said he would use all means to stop the protests.

"Raila Odinga, I won't allow you to seek power on the back of the blood of Kenyans. I will stop you," he said.

The president said the protests have led to the loss of lives and properties.

"We will not allow the handshake brothers to hold our country ransom and to take it, hostage, by causing violence, mayhem and anarchy. Tutawakalia ngumu vile mumesema, they will not succeed," he said.

As a result, all primary and secondary day schools within Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa cities will remain closed on Wednesday, Education CS Ezekiel Machogu and his interior counterpart Kithure Kindiki have announced.

The two in a joint statement said the closure is to ensure that pupils and students are safe following intelligence gathered that their lives could be at risk.

CS Kindiki had earlier fired a warning shot at those planning to engage in violent demonstrations.

He assured Kenyans of their safety and urged them to go about their daily business as normal.

"National security agencies have deployed all the available resources to ensure that the scenes witnessed on Wednesday do not happen again. Anyone planning to unleash violence on Kenyans is hereby warned to cease and desist," Kindiki said.

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