By Beverly Mautiah (

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua during a wheat flagship in Mombasa declared 1 billion losses following the Azimio organized protest.

“As a result of the closure of some businesses due to the protest, Kenya has lost almost two billion shillings which would have improved the economy”. Gachagua stated at the Grain Bulk Handlers Limited compound where he received two consignments of food aid from the US and Ukraine.

Gachagua noted that quite a number of the businesses were closed because of the tension ignited by the Azimio party.

“Quite a number of the business people in Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD) did not open their businesses due to the fear of disruptions and destruction of personal properties.

”The businesses were forced to close down following the uncertainty that came with the demonstrations. Business persons feared that their businesses were going to be derailed and perhaps vandalized as was seen in Kisumu where Naivas Supermarket and a hotel in Kisumu bore the brunt of the protests.

“What they are doing is destroying the economy. We had started showing signs of recovery from the economic downturn,” said Gachagua.

He appealed to Raila to call off the mass action.

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