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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Jubilee leaders, aspirants fault goons for chaos at Uhuru event

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto in Kisumu town on Wednesday./MAURICE ALAL
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto in Kisumu town on Wednesday./MAURICE ALAL

Jubilee leaders and candidates from Kisumu county have criticised goons who disrupted UhuRuto’s event in the town.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto hurriedly left Kisumu on Wednesday after NASA supporters shouted them down and started hurling stones.

The leaders said this was uncalled for, and the people of Kisumu should uphold democracy because Kenyans want a peaceful election next month.

President Uhuru last visited the Lake City early April to preside over the 9th Music Festival Gala.

The county Jubilee Party chairman Zuberi Lieta said such behaviour was unfortunate during the head of state’s visit.

Lieta said some leaders in the region should stop using youths to cause chaos at the launch of development projects.

“If you are a leader who knows the importance of development within your county, why would you use youths to cause chaos and disrupt such events?” he said.

Lieta said leaders should be development-oriented and must support worthy projects for their people.

“We are happy with the Nyando people who welcomed the President and his deputy in Ahero because they know how the important road project launched there will improve their lives,” Lieta said.

He cautioned youths against being used to cause trouble and disrupt events simply because they have been given Sh50.

Lieta said leaders incite young people for their own selfish gains.

Jubilee’s Kisumu Central MP candidate James Waore, Fred Omondi (Nyanda A) and Bob Mwongo eyeing the Kondele seat said they are happy with the President’s visit. They urged him to return to campaign.

“We will continue to consolidate votes for our President,” Waore said.

The Jubilee members said residents have been asking the government to initiate projects, but when state officials visit the region ,they disrupt their events.

On Wednesday, when Uhuru finished presiding over the groundbreaking of the Sh15 billion Kisumu Breweries by EABL, residents shouted them down with NASA chants.

The event ended abruptly after DP Ruto was forced to cut short his speech after he was heckled. Ruto had asked voters to support Jubilee, saying theopposition has not disclosed its agenda.

“Hatutaki Ruto! Hatutaki Ruto! [We don’t want Ruto]” the crowd chanted, forcing the DP to hand the microphone to Uhuru who calmed the crowd. He delivered his speech without interruption.

But as soon as the President finished, part of the crowd surged toward the dais where they danced, chanting NASA slogans.

Uhuru and Ruto quickly left for the Kenya Pipeline Company depot where they commissioned the Sinendet-Kisumu pipeline (Line 6 ) and the Kisumu Oil Jetty.

Earlier, Ruto had been jeered at Ahero town in Nyando subcounty where also was forced to cut short his speech.

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