Chaos rocked Kabarnet town on Thursday morning after protesters took to the streets in support of Deputy President William Ruto.
The protesters marched on the streets even after being denied a permit to hold a protest by police officers.
Running battles emerged as General Service Unit officers lobbed teargas canisters to disperse the irate residents.
CHAOS ROCKS Kabarnet town as police lob teargas to disperse DP Ruto backers who marched in his support even after being denied a permit. pic.twitter.com/D1eVHSPGFO
— NationBreakingNews (@NationBreaking) March 12, 2020
The protests come a day after a looming impeachment motion tabled against William Ruto by Members of Parliament.
On Wednesday, close to 100 legislators allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga asked the DP to shape up or ship out.
Legislators drawn from the National Assembly and senate accused Ruto of gross misconduct and disrespecting his boss, Uhuru.
Integrity issues were also among the reasons why the legislators expressed displeasure with the second in command.
The MPs mentioned graft cases where Ruto’s name has been mentioned including the 40 billion arms deal, Arror and Kimwarer dam scandal, Maize scandal and land grabbing.
Also, amid the protests is a much-anticipated Building Bridges Initiative consultative forums being held in the rift valley region.
This is in preparation of a major BBI rally that will be held in Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium on March 21.
Leaders drawn from the rift have stamped their authority on the rally that they will be in charge of.
On Thursday morning, they held a presser at parliament building where they asked outsiders to take a guest position as it will be a rift valley affair.