A man is fighting for his life in Kisii County after youths donning Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) t-shirts clashed with Deputy President William Ruto’s supporters in Suneka.
Photos in possession of K24 Digital show youth carrying clubs and stones when Ruto was approaching Suneka junction where several people were waiting for him during his Sunday, October 3 tour of the area.
Drama ensued when the ODM supporters started heckling the DP which led to a fierce confrontation between the two rival groups.
In another photo, a man was captured lying on the ground after he was hit by a club. This happened as Ruto was conversing with his supporters.
The man was taken to hospital by Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi.
The clash between the two rival groups saw DP Ruto whisked away to the home of Teresa Bitutu who is the widow of Oroo Oyioka, former Bonchari Member of Parliament.
Violence erupted once more when the DP was on his way from Bitutu's home. However, normalcy resumed as Ruto spoke to the crowd.
The DP called out perpetrators of the violence stating that it was very wrong for local leaders to pay youth in order to cause chaos.
“It is wrong for some of our leaders to pay youth to cause violence. It is time the youth realise that it is wrong to fight each other," Ruto said.
"They should know they need jobs and businesses and they should not be used by hooligans,” he added.
Ruto who was accompanied by Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi, South Mugirango MP Sylvanus Osoro, Kitutu Masaba MP Joash Nyamoko amongst other leaders said that money meant for development should be used for development.
The DP said that he had done a lot to ensure that the Jubilee administration was on the right path in the developmental agenda.
According to him, Jubilee had initiated a lot of development projects in the region.