Kisii: Scores Injured as UDA, ODM Supporters Clash During William Ruto’s Visit
William Ruto’s visit to Kisii on Sunday, October 3, was characterised by chaos that emanated from two rival groups Rowdy youths who had donned ODM-branded t-shirts heckled Ruto as he was arriving in Suneka leading to the eruption of the fracas with the pro-Ruto youths The deputy president condemned the violence and further challenged the youths to demand jobs from politicians instead of little pay to orchestrate chaos
Several people in Kisii were injured on Sunday, October 3, after ODM Leader Raila Odinga’s supporters clashed with those of Deputy President William Ruto during his tour to the region.
The DP spent his Sunday in Kisii in a visit that was marred by chaos after the rival groups, one of which had donned ODM-branded t-shirts heckled Ruto at Suneka leading to a physical confrontation. According to a report by Daily Nation, one injured person was spotted lying on the ground after he was hit with a club and he was later rushed to the hospital by Kisii deputy governor Joash Maangi’s aides.
Calm was momentarily restored in the area but while Ruto was on his way back, the chaos erupted again
Ruto, in his speech, condemned the violence and challenged the youths to desist from accepting hooliganism and asked them to instead ask for jobs from those who pay them to organise chaos.
“It is very wrong for some of our local leaders to pay youths here to cause violence. I am calling on youths not to accept to be used to fighting their colleagues. You deserve a job and business, not to be used as hooligans,” he said. Bracing heavy rains During his tour, the deputy president also braced a heavy downpour in Kisii county which fell as he was addressing the residents. According to pictures shared by the second in command and his team, Ruto, who was speaking through the sunroof of his luxurious vehicle continued to interact with Kisii residents as the rains pounded the town, soaking him wet.
The DP had attended mass at the Denis Kenyenya Catholic Church, Bomachoge Borabu, Kisii before kicking off his campaigns around the area. During the church service, Ruto said it was only by God’s goodness that he was still surviving amidst the political wars he faces.