Deputy President William Ruto has accused the Opposition of running an extortion scheme in the name of boycott of products of some of the country’s leading companies.
DP Ruto said on Friday (3/11/17) that the companies listed by the National Super Alliance (NASA) in its economic boycott call had been victims of an extortion ring spearheaded by some of the leaders in the coalition.
He asked the firms to reject and ignore the economic boycott and continue to meet their taxation obligation only to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).
The Deputy President was reacting to Friday calls by the Opposition to supporters to boycott products of companies it considers supported President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta in the August 8 presidential election.
NASA listed Safaricom, Bidco and Brookside as some of the firms whose products and services their supporters should boycott.
“We will resist the products of these companies because they are beneficiaries of the regime that killed people in this country,” said Suna East Member of Parliament Junet Mohamed.
Mr Junet accused Brookside and Bidco of funding the Jubilee Party.
“These companies have denied Kenyans their right to elect their leaders in a democratic process,” he said.
National Assembly Minority Leader John Mbadi said on Thursday (2/11/17) the move to challenge the outcome of the poll to have it annulled will be a process in vain hence focusing their attention to the People’s Assembly.
“Even if you get that prayer and have the elections annulled nothing is going to be different with the same electoral commission officials still in office. The People’s Assembly will start a serious discussion on how the party can have the government listen to our plea,” said Mbadi.
NASA leader Raila Odinga has until next week Monday midnight to file a petition to the Supreme Court to challenge Uhuru’s win failure to which he will proceed to be sworn in as President.