It has emerged that Kitui residents saved a group of Tanga Tanga leaders, allied to DP William Ruto, from goons who were determined to whisk them away from the BBI rally held in the said county.
According to Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot, Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu had ordered them out of the podium through a group f goons who were to effect the directive.
The Senator revealed that residents who had attended the rally chanted against the order forcing the organizers of the rally to accommodate them at the podium.
“We must build this bridge either way. Moses Kuria has made his contribution. Make yours no matter what the bring your way. Thank You Kitui for ensuring we were allowed in despite the attempts by Charity Ngilu to set up goons on us,” tweeted the Senator.
The revelations came hours after video footage Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria being forced out of the dais went viral on the social media.
According to reports, the MP was roughed up after the Kitui Governor ordered so saying she couldn’t allow anyone insulting President Uhuru Kenyatta to be a party to the meeting.
Building Bridges of unity is not an easy task but we must do it. Glad to join Kenyans in Kitui today. We shall remain focused on this difficult task. pic.twitter.com/4oQCcQgK6G
— KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN, E.G.H (@kipmurkomen) February 1, 2020
Kuria together with other Tanga Tanga leaders including Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa and Senator Kipchumba Mukomen arrived after the chief guest, ODM leader Raila Odinga, had already taken a seat.
It is also reported that the leaders arrived finding no seat set for them but insisted that they had to sit at the podium with other leaders.
According to city lawyer Donald Kipkorir, the leaders had themselves to blame after breaching protocol by arriving after the chief guest had already taken his seat.
The Lawyer noted that it was a common tradition that after the chief has arrived at a particular venue, arrival activities of others come to a stop.
The attendance of the leader at the BBI rally came as a surprise since they had announced that they will be having parallel rallies to that led by the ODM leader and allies of President Uhuru.
During their Naivasha retreat, the Ruto-allied leaders declared that they will be having their rallies with an aim of reinforcing the already scheduled ones.
They announced that they will have their first rally on 8th February at Afraha National Stadium, Nakuru County.
The move was however condemned by Uhuru-Raila allies who claimed that the decision aimed at countering their scheduled meetings.
The Kitui BBI rally marked the fourth meeting that the ODM leader has led after the Mombasa, Kakamega and Kisii ones.
The next BBI rally is slated for February 8th at Embu County.