Rutto to be flown to South Africa for treatment following police attack
Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto will be flown to South Africa tomorrow for further treatment after a police officer threw a teargas canister at him.
Rutto, who landed in Nairobi on Monday morning, had an elastoplast on his face. The right side of his face was swollen, his right eye was red and nose was bleeding.
“We are still trying to secure him a visa. He is expected to fly out of the country tomorrow to allow medics in South Africa conduct further tests on his face,” an official from the Council of Governors’ office told the Star. The governor was recuperating at the Nairobi Hospital. Addressing journalists at the VIP entrance at Wilson Airport on Monday, Rutto said one of the officers threw a teargas canister at him after he demanded the release of a group of youth who were arrested.
“After I left the church service at Njerian AGC, Silibwet Township ward I received a lot of complaints from boda boda operators, who came to look for me at the church,” he said.
“When I got to the scene and asked for the officer in charge none on of the officers on the ground were willling to give out any information.”
Bomet county communications director Kiprotich Samoei said youth had been arrested by police on suspicion that they were his supporters.
Efforts to get a comment from the governor and his doctor bore no fruit.
Governor Rutto at Wilson Airport on Monday/