Uhuru rally in Kisumu disrupted by unruly crowds

DP William Ruto was heckled by residents who chanted pro NASA slogans.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta. PHOTO: WAZA

President Uhuru Kenyatta was forced to hurriedly wrap up his tour of Kisumu on Wednesday, July 12, after National Super Alliance (NASA) supporters shouted and threw stones.

This was the first time Uhuru who is seeking a second term was met with such open resistance since campaigns began. He had raided his opponent Raila Odinga’s backyard as the August 8 poll’s date nears.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta when he toured Kisumu on July 12, 2017. PHOTO: PSCU

The Independence Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati has put all political players and violence perpetrators on the spot.

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Uhuru was in Kisumu to launch the Sh15 billion breweries by EABL and had just overseen the ground breaking when residents started shouted Nasa slogans.

The event ended unceremoniously after Deputy President William Ruto’s speech was cut short by residents who booed and heckled. He had told the residents to support Jubilee because the Opposition had failed to disclose its agenda.

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“Hatutaki Ruto! Hatutaki Ruto!” [No Ruto! No Ruto!] the crowd chanted, forcing him to hand the microphone to President Kenyatta who calmed the crowd and delivered his speech without interruption.

When Uhuru was done, part of the crowd surged toward the dais where they danced and chanted pro Nasa slogans.

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The President and DP hurriedly departed the scene for the Kenya Pipeline Company depot where they commissioned the Sinendet-Kisumu pipeline (Line 6) and the Kisumu Oil Jetty.

Earlier, Ruto had reportedly been jeered at Ahero town in Nyando subcounty where he was forced to abandon his address to the residents. The residents listened to Uhuru without interrupting him.