Chaos Break Out Ahead of Ruto's Visit to Nyeri

  • Kenyans light bonfires along a road in Kieni
    Kenyans light bonfires along a road in Kieni.
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  • Chaos erupted in Kieni constituency hours before a scheduled church event in which Deputy President William Ruto was set to attend.

    A clip seen by Kenyans.co.ke on Sunday, September 5, showed some of the protesters lighting bonfires and blocking the road leading to Mbiriri Church with a mountain of debris. 

    Ruto had sought to attend a number of church services in the area but a some of them declined to host him.

    He ultimately attended Mbiriri Full Gospel Church, Kieni Constituency, Nyeri County and the service went on peacefully - as at the time of publishing. 

    Police car along a road in Kieni Constituency after individuals planned to block the road.
    Police car along a road in Kieni Constituency after individuals planned to block the road.
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    Another clip showed events at the church venue halted with attendees roaming around the field unsure of the way forward.

    "We thank God for giving us another chance to congregate here for prayers. I ask that since we came here for prayers, let us maintain peace.

    "Let us follow all directives issued by the government to avoid a clash," stated an announcer.

    Another clip showed two teams from the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party, which is headed by the DP, in a scuffle at the venue.

    It was also revealed that a track carrying tents and chairs that were to be erected at the venue was temporarily blocked on the road due to the chaos.

    Polycarp Hinga, a staunch supporter of President Uhuru Kenyatta, however, noted that Kieni MP Kanini Kega and the police intervened in the fracas and reopened the road.

    Hinga explained that the team was aimed at ensuring chaos which are known for turning fatal but their plan was allegedly thwarted. 

    "Thankfully through the intervention, Hon Kanini Kega and police, the road to Mbiriri Full Gospel has been cleared for the sympathy addict. Let them do their thing and leave. No other Mt Kenya life should be lost in Ruto's name," stated Hinga.

    In October 2020, a man lost his life in the chaos that ensued ahead of Ruto's visit for a church service at African Independent Pentecostal Churches of Africa (AIPCA) in Kenol.

    The church fundraiser was slated to start at 9:30 a.m. with Kandara MP Alice Wahome, Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro confirming in attendance.

    Congregants outside the AIPCA Kenol Church were teargassed by police officers before Nyoro and Wahome arrived at 10:00 a.m.

    Below is the video:

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