Ruto-allies Snubbed at Kitui BBI Rally

Leaders allied to Deputy William Ruto were on Saturday snubbed at Kitui BBI rally after they were denied an opportunity to address the gathering.

The leaders including Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichunng’wa, Senators Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet) and Aaron Cheruiyot (Kericho) could not address the crowd with those allied to ODM leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta being given an opportunity to do so.

File: Senator Kipchumba Murkomen (Left), Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria (Centre) and Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa (right)

Among those who spoke include Kieni MP Kanini Kega and all Governors who have been supporting the BBI course.

The developments came after a scuffle ensued when the Tanga Tanga leaders arrived after the Chief Guest, ODM leader Raila Odinga.

According to media reports, Kuria and Murkomen were denied seats after the Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu ordered the leaders to be whisked away.

According to the reports, the Governor said she will not allow the leaders at dais since they have been abusing President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The leaders were, however, given seats later.

During the Mombasa BBI rally, Senators Murkomen and Susan Kihika (Nakuru) had the opportunity to address the gathering.

The decision by the Tanga Tanga leaders to attend the meeting came as a surprise since they had announced that they will begin having parallel rallies to those organized by Uhuru-Raila allies.

They made the declaration after they convened a meeting at Naivasha to deliberate on their new approach to the BBI course.

They announced that their first rally will be held at Afraha Stadium Nakuru on February 8th, the very day another BBI rally is slated for Nyeri.

The move met rabid criticism from Uhuru-Raila allies who accused the leaders of planning to sabotage the President in his course to deliver his mandate to Kenyans.

They accused the leaders of planning to impeach President Uhuru during the meeting and added that if such a motion is brought before the floor of the house it will be shut down.

However, Gatundu MP dismissed the allegations terming them as blatant lies with no basis.

The Kitui BBI meeting is the fourth after the Mombasa, Kakamega and Kisii meetings.

The next rally is slated for Nyeri on 8th February.

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