Nyamira County Commissioner Amos Mariba has cancelled Deputy President William Ruto’s planned fundraiser for boda boda operators.
A contingent of security officers, including General Service Unit’s anti-riot squad, were deployed to the Kebirigo Primary School in West Mugirango Constituency where the fundraiser was to be held today.
The officers brought down the tents and dais that DP Ruto was to use to address the boda boda riders.
It is not yet clear if a fundraiser planned for 10 SDA churches at another location will go on after the cancellation of the boda boda event.
But three Members of Parliament, Joash Nyamoko (North Mugirango), Vincent Kemosi (West Mugirango), and Shadrack Mose (Kitutu Masaba) are still at Kebirigo Primary School insisting that the fundraiser must go on despite the cancellation by Nyamira County Commissioner.
When members of the public arrived at the grounds, police used tear gas to disperse them.
The fundraisers were cancelled over alleged failure to notify authorities in advance according to new guidelines issued on Wednesday by the Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua.
Kinyua said the decision to regulate public meetings was agreed upon by the National Security Advisory Council owing to recent deadly political violence witnessed in Murang’a County where two youth groups clashed.