Uasin Gishu United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Political Leaders have condemned the stoning of Deputy President’s William Ruto rally at Jacaranda grounds in Embakasi East constituency Sunday.
The Deputy president who was accompanied by his running mate Rigathi Gachagua and ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi, were waving to their supporters from their vehicles, when chaos erupted prompting the Anti-riot police to intervene to quell the rowdy crowd.
Led by Uasin Gishu UDA gubernatorial nominee Jonathan Chelilim alias Koti Moja, the leaders condemned the chaos terming it a shameful act meted against the country’s second in command.
They called upon the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to conduct investigations speedily and arrest the perpetrators.
Speaking to KNA at Sirikwa Hotel in Eldoret town Koti Moja called upon the Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga to preach peace and advise his followers to follow suit adding: “As leaders we don’t want to polarize this nation, we believe that we have come a long way and we believe in the unity of our country, honourable Ruto has a right to campaign in any part of this country as a presidential candidate,” said Chelilim.
On his part former Uasin Gishu speaker of the County Assembly David Kiplagat said the stoning incident is geared at undermining democracy in the country ahead of the General election.
“We strongly condemn the goonism that was witnessed yesterday in Nairobi at Jacaranda gardens, we would like to ask those who perpetrated this primitive act to stop.”
The leaders called upon the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to take stern action against Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino who they suspected of planning the skirmishes.
On her part, Turbo Member of Parliament Janet Sitienei also condemned the incident terming it an act of hooliganism that should never be condoned in the country.
“Politics is all about policy strategy, manifesto and all that you need to do to the people, not about hooliganism, we would like to ask the Azimio Coalition presidential candidate to tame his team and allow other politicians to campaign peacefully,” said Sitienei.
Also present were an aspirant for Ainabkoi Parliamentary seat on an UDA ticket Samwel Chepkonga, and his Moiben counterpart Phyllis Bartoo and other UDA aspirants.