Nairobians Fight at a Kilimani Club Over Hustler, Dynasty Politics

  • Revellers in a club
    Revellers in a club.
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  • Nairobi residents clashed at a club in the upmarket Kilimani area over the hustler versus dynasty politics on Wednesday, January 20. 

    A woman who was injured in the scuffle was also rushed to a hospital for minor treatment after she noticed that she was bleeding. 

    In a video that was seen by Kenyans.co.ke on Thursday, January 21, a lady accused a number of individuals (tagged hustlers) of interfering with their meeting. 

    The lady claimed that she was telling her friends how the political scene in Kenya had transformed ever since the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) came into limelight. 

    Deputy President William Ruto (center) presents wheelbarrows to youths at a past event.
    Deputy President William Ruto (center) presents wheelbarrows to youths at a past event.

    "We have been meeting here for days and joking about how one of us can be a Senator in Western Kenya. These individuals calling themselves hustlers started heckling us and referring to us as the dynasties," she alleged.

    In a separate video, her friends were seen confronting the opponents before the two parties traded blows and threw seats at each other. 

    The case was reported at Kilimani Police Station OB No 00/20/01/2021. 

    The hustler tag was coined by Deputy President William Ruto who said that the poor youth were adamant for change after years of being undermined by wealthy politicians whom he christened dynasties. Ruto argued that he supports the bottom-top model rather than the top-bottom model, saying that power belongs to the people and the common mwananchi has a say in governance. 

    His sentiments have often been countered by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga who differed, saying that the hustlers versus dynasties tags were divisive and likely to trigger a class war. 

    "We should stop giving the youth wheelbarrows and provide them with job opportunities. If you (DP) are really concerned, why give them wheelbarrows instead of your helicopter," Odinga lamented. 

    "The youth is one of the biggest problems we have as a country. Let us not cheat ourselves. We have a youth bulge that if not properly handled can be a time bomb that can burn this country to pieces," Kenyatta warned while addressing the nation on Monday, October 26 at the Bomas of Kenya. 

    Three weeks earlier, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) urged the political leaders to shun the hustler-dynasty campaign narrative, arguing it could create division and even cause a civil war. 

    “We do note, with deep concern, that the attacks, and counter-attacks, have created space for threats of violence to emerge. Of significance, is the hustlers-dynasty dichotomy that mirrors the narrative that preceded the Rwanda Genocide (1994),” the commission said on October 5, 2020.

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    President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM party leader Raila Odinga arriving at the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Complex Stadium in Mamboleo, Kisumu on Sunday 10 January 2021.
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