Rutto, Laboso supporters clash in public
They engaged in shouting matches, which degenerated into physical fights
Rivalry between Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto and National Assembly Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso played out during a funeral at Silibwet, Bomet Central, when their supporters clashed on Thursday.
Laboso has announced she will for Bomet governor on the Jubilee ticket. Rutto says he will defend his seat on his newly formed Chama Cha Mashinani party ticket.
Their supporters engaged each other in shouting matches, which degenerated into physical fights as leaders addressed mourners. Efforts by police to calm down the two groups failed.
The ceremony had to be temporarily stopped as youth heckled leaders. Present were Kanu secretary general Nick Salat, area MP Ronald Tonui, Johanna Ng’eno (Emurua Dikirr), Bomet woman representative Cecilia Ngetich, Bomet speaker Geoffrey Kipngetich, his Elgeyo Marakwet counterpart Albert Kochei, former MPs Beatrice Kones and Raphael Kitur and MCAs from Bomet, Nakuru and Elgeyo Marakwet.
When speeches resumed after the burial, leaders called for respect, irrespective of their political parties. Laboso accused some leaders of hiring goons to disrupt functions.
Kanu secretary general Nick Salat and Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto during the burial of former police officer Leonard Kirui at Silibwet, Bomet Central, on Thursday