100 Arrested at Ruto's Gatundu Rally

  • UDA supporters during campaigns in Kiambaa Constituency on July 4
    UDA supporters during campaigns in Kiambaa Constituency on July 4
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  • Over 100 people were arrested in Gatundu South, where Deputy President William Ruto was campaigning.

    Police confirmed that they were holding 100 people who had been ferried from unknown locations to Gatundu South ahead of DP Ruto's visit.

    According to police, the group comprised of goons who they suspected to have been hired to disrupt the Friday, March 18, rally at the Kiamwangi area in Gatundu South, the home turf of President uhuru Kenyatta.

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    A man sits precariously on top of an elevated wheelbarrow during one of Deputy President William Ruto's rallies in Moi's Bridge, Uasin Gishu County
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    Police intercepted three buses that were ferrying the youthful passengers suspected to be part of a larger group of goons.

    DP Ruto pitched camp in Gatundu where he asked residents to have a conversation with the President over his comments and opinion on his succession.

    "Speak with your friend and neighbour, President Kenyatta, to stay away from the presidential campaigns.

    “Kindly ask him not to cut off my legs with the same knife that I used in protecting him in the two previous elections. Ask him not to extend support to that man full of riddles (referring to Raila Odinga)," the DP stated.

    He accused the President of betraying him despite his efforts in helping him ascend to power.

    “Remind him that he and I knelt down to be prayed for by the clergy and his mum, Mama Ngina Kenyatta. Even if he doesn’t want to help me in my quest to become President, kindly ask him to stay out of the presidential campaigns so that I can defeat Raila Odinga," the DP stated.

    Ruto also faulted Uhuru's government over what he termed as inhumane handling of the planned relocation of at least 2,500 residents of Mutomo village, whose land is set for acquisition by the state to pave way for construction of the Mama Ngina University.

     Name An image of Deputy President William Ruto at the Thika Stadium on Sunday, March 13
    An image of Deputy President William Ruto at the Thika Stadium on Sunday, March 13
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    "No one will be relocated or have his land grabbed provided you have the title deeds. This country is led by the Constitution. Do not panic, no one will relocate you," Ruto said in Mutomo on Friday.

    His remarks come in the backdrop of a petition backed by over 1,000 residents who moved to court seeking to stop their compulsory relocation.

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