Kisii Governor James Ongwae anti-Ruto led supporters protests ahead of DP William Ruto visit


Protests in Kisii town
Protests in Kisii town. FILE


Protests and chaos broke up in Kisii town before the Deputy President William Ruto’s visit.

The Governor is alleged to have fueled the Anti-Ruto team and are said to be protesting to block the DP meeting but the DP’s supporters have come out to counter.

The Kisii Governor James Ongwae however, on commenting about the allegations that he sponsored chaos at the county major town said, "Leaders need to respect each other and act with maturity given that the people have given."


Dr Ruto on Thursday is expected to visit Kisii County as the Gusii vote extends to attract the attention of politicians eyeing the country’s top seat in the 2022 General Election.


The visit comes two days after the DP received another consultative gathering with a part of elected leaders from the region, at his Karen home in Nairobi on Monday.

The DP will be received by his point men led by Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi and South Mugirango Member of Parliament Silvanus Osoro.

The two led the Kisii mission that met the DP on Monday.
This was the fourth time DP Ruto was receiving a delegation from Gusii this year alone. He has also visited the region twice.

As the DP strengthens his presidential campaigns, followers of his boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta, are also fighting for control of the region.

"It is the height of barbarism for leaders to organise a political meeting, cause splits among themselves, run chaos and drama and then unnecessarily attempt to drag me in, " Governor Ongwae said.

There has also been increasing concern around Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i amid a push to have him run for the presidency in 2022.

On Thursday, the DP is anticipated to join boda-boda riders in Kisii town before travelling to South Mugirango constituency for a conference with women groups.

During the Monday meeting, DP Ruto treated some current and former Members of the Kisii County Assembly (MCAs), youth leaders and bloggers. 

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