Give way for talks in parliament, Ruto on Azimio demonstrations

President William Ruto at Uhuru Gardens during this year's Labor Day celebrations. [File, Standard]

President William Ruto has asked Azimio Coalition to avoid violence and destruction of property, urging the Raila-led team to embrace bipartisan talks in parliament.

Speaking during the Labor Day celebrations held at Uhuru Gardens on Monday, Ruto says it is his duty to protect the Rights and property of all Kenyans, adding that he 'will not allow the destruction of property'.

"I will not allow the destruction of property because someone wants us to divide the country. We want the best for everybody. Instead of violence and destruction, let's talk in parliament. We can let the lawmakers discuss the server issues," Ruto says.

"We respect the rights of everyone. We also respect the rights of the opposition and their constitutional duty. We know what democracy is. We know what human rights are. It is not anarchy or violence,"

The president also says the work of the government and security agencies is to protect the Rights of Kenyans.

Yesterday, Nairobi Regional Commander outlawed the Azimio la Umoja coalition's demonstrations scheduled for Tuesday, May 2.

However, the coalition has affirmed its decision to lead its supporters in demonstrations in Nairobi, as they present petitions to four state offices.

On Monday morning, Inspector General of Police Noor Gabow reiterated that the demonstrations are outside the law.