BY NAMULONGO PETER,DPPS,10TH NOV 2021-Chaos rocked Deputy President William Ruto’s Kondele tour in Kisumu county after his convoy ran into a hostile reception of rowdy youths on his second visit to the lakeside city.
Fracas broke-out at the Kondele roundabout as Ruto’s convoy made its way into the grounds.
Moments before he arrived in Kondele, anti-riot police officers were forced to lob teargas canisters, forcing the rowdy youth, that had thronged the area scampering for safety.
Kondele remained a no-go zone as the police battled the youth who were at the Kondele- Mamboleo- Kakamega highway.
Tension had been building early Wednesday morning at Kondele roundabout, the venue of Ruto’s Wednesday meeting.
The youth jammed the place by 9am, chanting ODM slogans.
Some sang praises of ODM leader Raila Odinga as others demanded money before the meeting could happen.
Motorists heading to Kakamega, through Kondele roundabout had a hectic time negotiating their way from the area.
Some of the youth stopped vehicles, inspecting whether occupants had UDA T-shirts.
Some carried BBI placards as they chanted. “This is an ODM zone, it is Baba’s bedroom”.
Some of the youth claimed that an official of UDA, who was part of the planning of the DP’s visit had allegedly shortchanged them.
“He was given money meant for our facilitation but pocketed the entire amount,” one of the youth claimed.
Ruto who had a successful tour of the lakeside City on Tuesday, where he met UDA delegates from Siaya and Kisumu counties, was scheduled to address a group of boda boda operators and small scale traders at Kondele.
Ruto is in Nyanza to espouse his bottom-up economic model and drum-up support for his 2022 presidential bid to the residents of the city.
Addressing UDA supporters at Suzanna Owiyo Arts centre in Kisumu west Constituency on his first day of the three-day tour of Raila’s backyard, the DP tore into the punctured BBI drive, claiming the initiative was meant to reintroduce an imperial presidency.
In a thinly veiled attack on the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila, Ruto insisted that the Jubilee administration lost its development agenda following the truce.
On his way to Kondele, the DP addressed roadside rallies at Ojola, and Kamas-Jua Kali area.
At 12 pm, police cleared the way, enabling the DP to access the venue.
In a brief address that lasted about five minutes, Ruto condemned the ugly standoff saying he was determined to liberate Kisumu from the culture of stone-throwing.
“To the leaders who organized this stone-throwing we have witnessed today, shame on them,” he said.
He said Kisumu was part of Kenya and nobody should be stopped from having a meeting there.