Drunk youths boo Kivuti and 3 MPs at rally

Sen­a­tor says he won’t be de­terred by his ri­vals’ at­tempts to dis­rupt his meet­ings

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Eastern - KIRIMI MURITHI @Mu­rithik

Drunken youth on Sun­day booed Embu Sen­a­tor Lenny Kivuti and three MPs at a rally at Kian­jokoma mar­ket, Run­yen­jes con­stituency. The leg­is­la­tors had at­tended a ser­vice at the Na­tional In­de­pen­dent Church of Africa in the morn­ing be­fore head­ing to the mar­ket to cam­paign.

The MPs were Gichugu’s Njogu Barua, Ol Joro Orok’s Kamotho Waiganjo, and Mwingi North’s John Munuve. They were with for­mer Kib­wezi MP Kalembe Ndile. Kivuti has de­clared he will run for gover­nor.

Ev­ery time each stood to speak ,the drunken youths would shout him down, de­spite pleas to calm down. Af­ter an hour po­lice sur­rounded them and at­tempted to ar­rest them but the youths ran away. The leg­is­la­tors con­demned the group’s ac­tion and called for tol­er­ance.

Kivuti said he will not be de­terred by his ri­vals’ at­tempts to dis­rupt his meet­ings but will con­vince vot­ers to elect him by telling them what he has done and what he in­tends to do for them.

“If some­body uses abuse in cam­paigns or tries to dis­rupt his ri­vals’ meet­ings, the vot­ers should re­ject him or her be­cause he or she does not qual- ify to be a leader,” he said.

Some 2,000 el­ders gath­ered in Kairuri grounds in Embu North on Satur­day to en­dorse Kivuti for gover­nor. He will run against in­cum­bent Martin Wamb­ora. On Oc­to­ber 22, mem­bers from 39 Mbeere com­mu­nity sub­clans en­dorsed Kivuti at the Kwa Rumbia holy shrine in Mbeere North.

Oth­ers in­ter­ested in be­com­ing gover­nor in­clude Run­yen­jes MP Ce­cily Mbarire, for­mer PS Cyrus Njiru, de­vel­op­ment man­age­ment con­sul­tant Kithinji Ki­ragu and psy­chi­a­trist Njagih Ku­man­tha. Kivuti said he has pro­vided bur­saries to 3,000 needy chil­dren, he has pro­vided Si­ak­ago res­i­dents with clean piped wa­ter and ini­ti­ated tar­ma­ck­ing of the Embu-Si­ak­ago road.

/REUBEN GITHENJI

For­mer Kib­wezi MP Kalembe Ndile, Ol Joro Orok’s Kamotho Waiganjo, Embu Sen­a­tor Lenny Kivuti and Gichugu MP Njogu Barua ad­dress a crowd at Kian­jokoma mar­ket on Novem­ber 6

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