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William Ruto condemns stoning of Raila Odinga’s chopper in Eldoret

Deputy President William Ruto has condemned the violence meted on ODM leader Raila Odinga and his entourage in Uasin Gishu.

This is after a group of rowdy youth pelted stones on the Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate’s chopper in Soy, Uasin Gishu and later his motorcade in Iten, Elgeyo Marawet county.

The chopper had ferried Raila and his entourage to the burial of renowned Eldoret farmer Mzee Jackson Kibor, who was laid to rest on Friday, April 1 at his Kabenes farm.

Taking to Twitter, Ruto described the violence as retrogressive, saying it reverses the gains made in Kenya’s democracy.

The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party leader insisted that all politicians have a right to sell their agenda in all parts of the country without being disrupted.

“Every politician has the right to sell their agenda in every part of the country. We should listen, evaluate their policies and then decide whom to support. Political violence is retrogressive, divisive and tears down our democracy. We condemn and reject it without reservation,” said Ruto.

Raila Odinga’s chopper that was stoned. PHOTO | COURTESY

As previously reported, the former premier had a hard time selling his presidential agenda in Iten which is believed to be Ruto’s stronghold.

While at the Iten town centre, the ODM leader was forced to end his rally prematurely after a group of rowdy youth started heckling him, chanting the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) slogans.

In a video seen by, Raila, in his speech detailed to the crowd what he will do when elected the president, but when he asked them to say ‘Inawezekani’, the locals responded ‘Ruto’.

Efforts by the police to calm down the crowd proved futile as they did not allow Raila to continue to address them.

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He then drove away together with the politicians that had accompanied him including Suna East MP Junet Mohamed and his Embakasi East counterpart Babu Owino.

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