How Ruto was Evacuated After Kondele Chaos 

  • Deputy President William Ruto evacuated from Kondele, Kisumu County to Rongo, Migori on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.
    Deputy President William Ruto evacuated from Kondele, Kisumu County to Rongo, Migori on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.
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  • Deputy President, William Ruto, was quickly evacuated from Kondele, Kisumu County, after chaos erupted during his rally on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.

    The rowdy crowd pelted Ruto's convoy with stones, forcing police to take action in order to protect the second in command from being injured. The DP was quickly rushed out of Kondele and bundled into a chopper that took him to safety.

    Police officers in at least four Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles were deployed to the scene to restore normalcy, as the DP was already on his way to Migori County.

    Shortly after, Ruto landed in Rongo, Migori County, and was received by UDA leaders and supporters, but his security detail was very strict on who was allowed near the Deputy President.

    Deputy President William Ruto evacuated from Kondele, Kisumu County to Rongo, Migori on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.
    Deputy President William Ruto evacuated from Kondele, Kisumu County to Rongo, Migori on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.
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    Two men who tried to run up and greet the Deputy President were manhandled by his bodyguards and advised not to move any closer to Ruto.

    Migori Governor, Okoth Obado, is among the leaders who have accompanied Ruto on his tour of Kisumu.

    After the Kisumu incident, leaders supporting the DP condemned the actions of Kondele residents, as they called for political tolerance ahead of the 2022 polls.

    Murang'a Senator, Irungu Kang'ata, questioned if the incident witnessed at Kondele will be the norm in the country if the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) comes into power, since the region is considered to be their stronghold.

    The violence in Kondele comes after police arrested at least eight people following chaos that rocked Ruto's tour in Busia County on Saturday, October 23, 2021.

    Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang'i, directed Busia’s County Commissioner to work closely with the police to identify organizers and perpetrators of the violence after the DP's convoy was pelted with stones.

    CS Matiang'i ordered that those involved be arrested and arraigned in the shortest time possible. He added that political leaders were free to move to any part of the country, urging law enforcement agencies to act with fairness and neutrality when managing political gatherings.

    “Political leaders and aspirants have a right to move freely within our borders and ours is to be neutral and act fairly to ensure an environment for a vibrant democratic debate,” the CS noted.

    Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang'i during a meeting held with Kenya Power officials on Thursday, October 7.
    Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang'i during a meeting held with Kenya Power officials on Thursday, October 7.
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