Raila's Githurai Rally Disrupted [VIDEO]

  • ODM leader Raila Odinga makes a stopover at Roysambu on his way to Githurai 45
    ODM leader Raila Odinga makes a stopover at Roysambu on his way to Githurai 45
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  • ODM leader Raila Odinga’s rally at the Githurai 45 roundabout was on Wednesday, January 27, temporarily disrupted by irate youth.

    Odinga’s convoy successfully snaked through Roysambu, Githurai 45 market, and right into the roundabout that is famous for political gatherings before the chaos began. A crowd of youth chanted Deputy President William Ruto’s name, disrupting the rally.

    The group of irate youth shouted down the former Prime Minister as he prepared to address the residents. 

    It took the intervention of local politicians and police officers to calm the group to calm the youths and allow the rally to proceed as planned. 

    A video recording taken at the scene shows youths hurling stones towards the direction of Raila's convoy prompting the deployment of police officers who successfully repelled the rowdy crowd. 

    Many businesses around the roundabout remained closed as the chaos escalated.

    Odinga told the residents that President Uhuru Kenyatta had ordered for the expansion of the market as well as the construction of a bridge to link the two sections of the market which are separated by the Nairobi Commuter Rail. 

    Speaking on the chaos, Odinga stated that the irate youth were like croaking frogs which would not prevent cows from drinking water. 

    Politicians who had accompanied Odinga accused their rivals of funding the youth to disrupt the meeting. 

    Odinga took the opportunity to convince Githurai residents to support the Building Bridges Constitution amendment push. 

    He also took a swipe at DP Ruto whom he accused of making false promises and providing simplistic solutions to unemployed Kenyans such as offering them wheelbarrows.