Leaders from different political factions have since reacted to the violence witnessed at Ruto’s Kondele rally in Kisumu county.
The Deputy President, who is on a three-day tour of Raila’s Nyanza backyard, was forced to cut short his speech after a group of rowdy youths pelted his motorcade with stones.
Following the ugly scenes, leaders from both sides of the political divides have aired their takes about the chaos.
A section of leaders from the Tangatanga faction have accused ODM leaders of sponsoring the violence meted on their presidential candidate.
South Mugirango MP Sylvanus Osoro alleged that their competitors instructed certain youths to pelt stones on the second-in-command, to stop him from selling his agenda to Kisumu residents.
“In Kisumu,they sent their boys to pelt stones at our motor-cade. When we tell you that the perpetrators of violence in this country are known, mnasema tuko na ukabila. They recently stoned Jimmy Wanjigi FOR SIMPLY trying to run through a party he has helped build,” he stated.
Kirinyaga woman representative Wangui Ngirici and Kandara MP Alice Wahome also joined in to condemn the violence and accuse the ODM faction of having an hand in the violence.
On their side, Pro-Raila leaders have accused the UDA faction of stage managing the violence to gain sympathy votes.
Suna East MP Junet Mohammed, while alluding to a statement by the National Police Service that stated that the violence erupted due to differences in distribution of campaign funds, claimed that UDA coordinators disappeared with campaign handouts leading to the stone throwing.
Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu also stated that the Ruto faction invested alot to ensure that the stone throwing happens. The lawmaker seemingly suggested that the group sponsored the violence against themselves to gain political sympathy.