Police on Wednesday dispersed a group of youths who attempted to disrupt Deputy President William Ruto’s political rally in Kondele, Kenya’s lake city.
The youth started throwing stones at the second in command’s convoy forcing the security forces to hurl teargas at them.
Responding to the violence, the UDA party leader accused his opponents of hiring youths to disrupt his meeting.
“We must get rid of the leaders who hire young people to throw a stone,” said Ruto.
Ruto is in Nyanza for a three-day charm offensive, which has long been seen as Raila Odinga’s backyard.
He is eyeing to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta who is set to retire next year in August.
Police blame “cash handout” for the chaos that rocked Ruto’s event in Kisumu
Following chaos that marred Kenya’s deputy president William Ruto on Wednesday in Kisumu, Kenya’s lake city, police have attributed the violence to scramble for a “cash handout”.
Police spokesperson Bruno Shioso said intelligence gathered by security agencies indicated that “there was tension within Kondele owing to alleged distribution of campaign logistical funds amongst local groups”.
According to Mr Shioso, Ruto’s team ignored the advice not to visit Kondele area, the scene of violence, based on gathered intelligence.
“This intelligence was promptly shared by police with H.E the Deputy President’s team with a recommendation to skip the affected area during the tour… During the rally, violence erupted amongst the local agitated groups who engaged in stone-throwing and other unruly behaviour,” reads the part of the statement.
A group of youths had pelted the deputy president’s convoy with stones triggering the police to lob teargas to disperse them.
No injuries were reported.
On his side, Ruto blamed his rivals for hiring youths to disrupt his rally.
“We must get rid of the leaders who hire young people to throw stones,” said Ruto.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.