A livestock trader from Murang’a County is all smiles after Deputy President William Ruto bought a goat he was selling.
The DP was forced to cut short his speech after he spotted a goat painted in United Democratic Alliance (UDA) colors.
The trader was lifting the goat while moving towards DP Ruto who instructed his aides to take the goat.
The deputy president offered to buy the goat at KSh 50,000 after attendees of the roadside rally pleaded with him to help the man.
The young trader was handed the money amid cheers from the crowd.
“Sasa huyu kondoo mumempaka rangi mapaka amekuwa wa UDA, Ngoja, weka Kondoo hapo kando nitakununulia, relax. Nichukulie hiyo kondoo kwa KSh 50,000,” said the DP.
The video sparked reactions from netizens who claimed the move amounts to voter bribery ahead of the forthcoming elections.
Waithira Wa Maruru: Martha Karua has really made this campaign expensive without spending a coin. Now a goat is 50k?
Mzalendo Mzalendo: Ruto is the Lord of poverty. Show me any economy that has been built by donations in churches and handouts.
Ngure Mwangi: That’s bribing awache. No goat can cost that much.
In November 2021, the Union of Veterinary Practitioners of Kenya (UVPK) criticised a section of Deputy President William Ruto supporters over rising cases of animal cruelty for political reasons.
It all started when the DP was gifted a goat that had been painted with United Democratic Alliance (UDA) colors.
In a statement, UVPK Secretary General Miheso Mulembani said painting animals amounts to cruelty as stipulated in the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act Cap 360 Part II Section 1-4 of the laws of Kenya.
“The physical body application of either acrylic or latex paints, deprivation of food and water, mishandling during political rallies likely to cause unnecessary suffering and infuriation to animals constitutes cruelty to animals which is punishable by law,” he said.
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