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BBI downfall celebrations ended by tear gas in Baringo

Contingent of anti-riot police officers dispersed crowd with tear gas and bullets.

In Summary
  • Some youths threw stones at the officers, forcing them to shoot in the air to scare them away.
  • A contingent of anti-riot police officers dispersed the crowd with tear gas and bullets.
A contingent of police officers deployed to disperse crowds in Kabarnet, Baringo, on Friday
A contingent of police officers deployed to disperse crowds in Kabarnet, Baringo, on Friday
Image: JOSEPH KANGOGO

Celebrations after the High Court quashed the Building Bridges Initiative started well but ended in tear gas in Kabarnet town, Baringo county, on Friday.

Leaders led by county assembly speaker David Kipkerich amassed hundreds of residents who breached the Covid-19 protocols to cheer and dance after the five-judge bench on Thursday declared the BBI Bill unconstitutional, illegal, null and void.

"We stood for the truth as Baringo assembly to become the first county to vote out BBI, although we were marked red but guess who's right now," Kipkerich said adding, "BBI is now dead."

Crowd assembles to celebrate BBI downfall in Kabarnet town, Baringo, on Friday.
Crowd assembles to celebrate BBI downfall in Kabarnet town, Baringo, on Friday.
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But before the meeting ended, a contingent of anti-riot police officers arrived in Land Cruisers to disperse the crowd with teargas and bullets.

"Go mind your own businesses or do your meetings elsewhere not here in town," a police officer shouted as he ordered the residents away.

Some youths threw stones at the officers, forcing them to shoot in the air to scare them away.

Leaders address a crowd in Kabarnet town, Baringo, on Friday
Leaders address a crowd in Kabarnet town, Baringo, on Friday
Image: JOSEPH KANGOGO

The majority of MCAs braved teargas casters thrown into the house to reject the constitutional amendment bill.

"As Baringo no one can stop us from standing for the truth. We always set the record straight. When we cough the entire country must catch the flu," Kipkerich said.

Baringo speaker David Kiplagat addresses the crowd in Kabarnet town, Baringo, Friday
Baringo speaker David Kiplagat addresses the crowd in Kabarnet town, Baringo, Friday
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He was backed by Tenges MCA Silas Tochim, Reuben Chepsongol (Bartabwa), John Tarus (Sacho) and Kipruto Kimosop (Mochongoi).

The leaders lauded the judges for annulling the BBI document on Thursday, saying it is a clear demonstration that the Judiciary serves independently without being compromised.

A cartridge of bullets used by police to disperse a crowd in Kabarnet, Baringo, on Friday.
A cartridge of bullets used by police to disperse a crowd in Kabarnet, Baringo, on Friday.
Image: JOSEPH KANGOGO

"All that is giving us hope as hustler nation that the journey to State House with our team leader the Deputy President Dr William Ruto and UDA party is real and unstoppable," Chepsongol said. 

They said they have no problem with President Uhuru Kenyatta but he should consider changing his legal and political advisors who misled him. 

Used tear gas canister after police chased away crowd in Kabarnet, Baringo, on Friday.
Used tear gas canister after police chased away crowd in Kabarnet, Baringo, on Friday.
Image: JOSEPH KANGOGO

"Uhuru should stop listening to the likes of David Murathe and Cotu secretary general  Francis Atwoli," Chepsongol said. 

Others blamed for not standing with the locals against BBI were Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, Tiaty MP William Kamket, Joshua Kandie (Baringo Central) and Woman Representative Gladwel Cheruiyot.