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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Punish bigotry against the two top contenders

Police arrests a student suspected to have been part of rioters . Photo/ANDREW KASUKU
Police arrests a student suspected to have been part of rioters . Photo/ANDREW KASUKU

Rowdy youths in Kisumu and Baringo yesterday disrupted meetings convened by President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA flagbearer Raila Odinga.

In Kisumu, the presidential motorcade’s advance team had its path blocked by the youths. In Baringo, the youths shouted Jubilee slogans at Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto and, by extension, everyone else on the VIP podium. The former Prime Minister’s entourage hurriedly left the venue.

Why this intolerance in Kisumu? A presidential visit is planned far in advance and tight security measures mounted.

As for the rowdiness in Baringo, why not allow Raila to sell his ideas? If you don’t like the man or his agenda, you have the option of staying away.

The police and the IEBC need to swiftly investigate these displays of intolerance, particularly the factor of their having been organised by politicians who turned the youths into goons.

Once this is determined the IEBC, for one, should levy the heaviest fines prescribed by the law for this kind of misconduct on the individuals and organisations involved.


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