Kenyans plan 200 rats riot, ‘one-million’ march


About 200 live rats will be used by a civil society next week during protests in Nyeri town, reports The Star Kenya.

The operation codenamed “Ondoa Panya” will see activists carry the rats in what they call a peaceful demonstration.

They are protesting the proposal by the county assembly to build a Sh75 million health club.

They will be joined by residents from town to the Ruring’u county assembly offices.

The organising coordinator John Wamagata told The Star it is wrong for the MCAs to build such a luxury club when the county needs better infrastructure.

“We shall bring 200 rats and take them round the town. The passion for a sauna club is the only thing the MCAs learnt during their regular trips abroad,” Wamagata said.

He said they will also oppose plans to impeach Governor Nderitu Gachagua for leading the residents in opposing construction of the health club.

“The money should be sent to local youth saccos, who can borrow it and start jobs. This will reduce unemployment and help many pople, not just a few individuals,” Wamagata said.

He urged the MCAs to initiate water projects in each ward to ensure all residents can have a decent bath, instead of elite health clubs.

Gachagua told the MCAs to “swim in the rivers in their wards and be massaged by their wives”.

The Nyeri County Assembly Health Club will have gymnasium equipment, a steam bath, massage parlour, swimming pool and sauna.

The governor also halted Sh90 million ward projects, citing lack of public participation before the county assembly passed the budget.

One million march

Meanwhile, the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) said it will mobilise up to one million supporters countrywide to join street protests on Thursday should proposed talks on electoral reforms fail to take off.

According to Daily Nation, comes as the Jubilee side said it was ready to reduce its representatives from 11 to seven as proposed by Cord to end the polarising political moment triggered by tension created by Cord’s demands for the removal of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman and the other eight commissioners.

Two foreign diplomats — Robert Godec (US) and Nic Hailey (UK) — were negotiating a middle ground on hardline positions taken by the government and the opposition on the agenda of the proposed talks.

Suna East MP Mohammed Junet, who is a member of the Cord negotiating team, said they were waiting for word from Mr Godec and Mr Hailey on Monday.

“If they don’t succeed, then we have agreed as a coalition that on Thursday we will mobilise up to one million people to demonstrate to show displeasure with the IEBC.”

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