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Clergy condemn heckling of leaders at DP Ruto’s Baringo rally

A section of Baringo clergy have come out to condemn the shouting down of leaders during the first UDA, ANC and Ford Kenya rally in Eldama Ravine town on Wednesday.

The rally which was convened by deputy president William Ruto of United Democratic Alliance of (UDA) and attended by Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi and Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula saw Governor Stanley Kiptis, area member of parliament Moses Lessonet and other aspirants bashed by wananchi.

According to Bishop Joshua Cheptarus of Full gospel churches of Kenya, Baringo, the unfortunate incident which is happening for the second time in the county should not be allowed to continue, since it is a recipe of chaos especially at a time when the county is gearing towards general elections.

Bishop Cheptarus who spoke exclusively to KNA on Thursday noted that leaders have their democratic right to sell their manifestos and agendas to the electorate in order for them to make informed decisions, when they will be casting their votes at the ballot.

He said that the humiliation of certain leaders at the Eldama Ravine rally and in Kabarnet in February last year when DP Ruto toured the area was unfortunate and not pleasing to the church.

“Residents should keenly listen to all aspirants so that they can choose the best among all those who have volunteered to offer their leadership services to them,” he said.

Bishop William Kitilit of Ways of Christ Church joined the conversation noting that such barbaric acts are outdated and that all those perpetrating it should face the full force of the law.

Kitilit noted that the country was not ready for violence in the electioneering year since the 2007/2008 post-election violence almost brought the country to its knees.

Deputy President William Ruto addressing Kabarnet residents during a past event

He challenged the youth to desist from being used by politicians to disrupt rallies attended by their opponents.

Sacho MCA John Tarus in his remarks urged the residents not to elect troublesome leaders who do not want other aspirants to campaign freely.

He noted that such leaders have a tendency of attacking their opponents instead of selling their manifestos to the electorate.


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