Rutto to be flown to South Africa for treat­ment fol­low­ing po­lice at­tack

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - RHODA ODHIAMBO @Od­hi­amboRhoda

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.

RHODA ODHIAMBO

Gov­er­nor Rutto at Wil­son Air­port on Mon­day/

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