Raila Odinga flees Kabarnet rally as youths revenge for UhuRuto

President Kenyatta was forced to abandon a rally in Kisumu after residents turned violent.

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ODM leader Raila Odinga. PHOTO: MEDIAMAX

There was drama in Kabarnet, Baringo Country on Wednesday, July 12 where the National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders had visited in such of votes as the General Election scheduled for August 8 approaches.

Trouble begun when Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto and ANC chief Musalia Mudavadi got heckled after they alighted from different choppers to address a crowd of thousands.

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NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga with Musalia Mudavadi during their Rally at Uhuru Park on April 27, 2017. PHOTO: JACK OWUOR/THE STAR

Raila Odinga started speaking at the rally in when some people wearing Jubilee T-shirts started yelling.

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The ODM boss soldiered on and even criticised Jubilee for doing little since clinching power back in 2013.

“Me as Joshua, I am God sent. I will make sure I take this nation to the promised land called Canaan,” Raila said as the uproar by the irate crowd got louder and louder.

Raila was forced to end his speech and handed the microphone to Mudavadi who urged the residents to respect leaders without considering their political affiliations.

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“We are not going to achieve anything by heckling our leaders,” Mudavadi said before passing the microphone to CCM leader Isaac Ruto.

“If you continue shouting like this, then this meeting shall end,” Ruto said as he struggled to pass his point across. He was soon overshadowed by the crowd who called him a traitor for joining Nasa.

A section of the crowed threw Nasa-branded merchandise including caps to the dais and the police had a very difficult time controlling the unruly crowd.

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Raila, Mudavadi and Ruto quickly left the venue even as tension still filled Kabarnet town as supporters from both sides hurled insults.

Kabarnet residents said the heckling was retaliation after President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto were treated the same way when they visited Kisumu the same day.