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Running battles, teargas and live bullets in pro-Ruto protest

Kabarnet residents demand respect for DP from pro-handshake team

In Summary

• After four hours, residents allowed to gather for their meeting following a call for truce by local leaders.

• Cotu's Atwoli, former Jubilee vice chairman Murathe and Siaya Senator Orengo warned for disrespecting and frequently insulting Ruto.

Police lob teargas canisters to disperse pro-Ruto protesters in Kabarnet, Baringo county on Thursday.
'RESPECT DP': Police lob teargas canisters to disperse pro-Ruto protesters in Kabarnet, Baringo county on Thursday.
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Live bullet used to disperse residents during pro-Ruto protests in Kabarnet, Baringo county on Thursday.
'RESPECT DP': Live bullet used to disperse residents during pro-Ruto protests in Kabarnet, Baringo county on Thursday.
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Police regroup during pro-Ruto protesters in Kabarnet, Baringo county on Thursday.
HURLED STONES AT: Police regroup during pro-Ruto protesters in Kabarnet, Baringo county on Thursday.
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Deputy President William Ruto's supporters engaged police in running battles in Kabarnet town on Thursday, prompting use of tear gas and gunfire to disperse thousands of protesters.

The violence lasted about four hours after the security officers blocked their peaceful protest.

 

Police lobbed over 100 tear gas canisters and fired live bullets to disperse thousands of protestors who crowded the county headquarters.

They carried placards written ‘No Ruto no peace’, ‘Ruto must be respected’, ‘Team Hustler 2022’, ‘No Ruto no BBI’  and ‘All women in Baringo support Ruto’. 

 

The residents were finally allowed to gather for their meeting after a call for a truce by local leaders but not before they hurled stones at the law enforcers.

 

“This is our spirit and it must be repeated until we see Ruto enter State House in 2022,” county assembly speaker David Kiplagat said. 

Kiplagat was backed by the assembly clerk Richard Koech and several MCAs among them Reuben Chepsongol (Bartabwa), Jeniffer Kabon (Kapropita), Nixon Lemlem (Marigat), Kipruto Kimosop (Mochongoi) and Richard Cheserem (Saimo-Soi), Julius Ng’otie (Eldama-Ravine) and Charles Bowen (nominated).

They asked the pro-handshake team behind President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga to respect DP Ruto. 

The leaders put on notice Cotu secretary general Francis Atwoli, former Jubilee vice chairman David Murathe and Siaya Senator James Orengo for "disrespecting and frequently insulting Ruto".

 

“We will only support the Building Bridges Initiative if the top leadership of this country respects Ruto,” Chepsongol said. 

Kiplagat said, "As Kenyans sing of their own bulls, it must be known Rift Valley also has their own - Ruto. Baringo is, therefore, a locked jubilee zone and Ruto's bedroom.” 

 

Kiplagat, a lawyer, said Uhuru and DP Ruto were sworn in as one after the 2017 General Election "hence are constitutionally inseparable until 2022".

 

The protesters heckled Governor Stanley Kiptis and Jubilee supporter and Kabarnet MCA Ernest Kibet (Independent) for snubbing the well-attended meeting.

They further lashed out at Woman Rep Gladwell Cheruiyot (Kanu) for campaigning against the DP.

“Gladwell must go!” They chanted. 

However, a section of Kieleweke team who mingled with the protesters was overheard murmuring that the protesters were brainwashed idlers.

Opponents of the protest said the majority of participants were drunkards who were bribed with cheap liquor by Ruto diehards. 

Edited by R.Wamochie 

Pro-Ruto protesters in Kabarnet, Baringo county on Thursday.
'TEAM HUSTLER': Pro-Ruto protesters in Kabarnet, Baringo county on Thursday.
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Pro-Ruto protesters finally meet in Kabarnet, Baringo county, after running battles with police on Thursday.
CEASEFIRE: Pro-Ruto protesters finally meet in Kabarnet, Baringo county, after running battles with police on Thursday.
Image: JOSEPH KANGOGO