Rutto has him­self to blame for tear gas in­juries – reps

Gov­er­nor’s al­lies walk out of de­bate, say­ing speaker is bi­ased. Em­bo­mos MCA Robert Ser­bia says Rutto tends to dis­rupt his op­po­nents’ ral­lies

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - FELIX KIPKEMOI @fkye­gon

Bomet MCAs on Wed­nes­day ad­journed pro­ceed­ings to dis­cuss the up­surge in po­lit­i­cal hooliganism. Ndarawetta MCA Josphat Kirui filed a mo­tion of ur­gent im­por­tance, say­ing ris­ing po­lit­i­cal in­tol­er­ance if unchecked will de­gen­er­ate into an­ar­chy.

Gov­er­nor Isaac Rutto says he was hit by a tear gas can­is­ter on Sun­day dur­ing a foot­ball match that turned chaotic at Silib­wet. He was flown to Nairobi and trans­ferred to South Africa on Tues­day for nose surgery.

Protests have erupted and res­i­dents have de­manded the trans­fer of county com­mis­sioner Bernard Lepar­marai.

Rutto has blamed po­lice who were sep­a­rat­ing ri­val groups and forced to use tear­gas. Po­lice have de­fended their crowd con­trol ef­forts.

“The pub­lic spat and ut­ter­ances by lead­ers are likely to dis­rupt peace­ful co­ex­is­tence, es­pe­cially as cam­paigns are build­ing up,” Kirui said. He said the grave mat­ter re­quires se­ri­ous de­lib­er­a­tion. “There is a rise in ter­ror gangs linked with politi­cians, which per­pe­trate hooliganism,” Kirui said.

The ses­sion was marred by a bit­ter ex­change of words be­tween mem­bers from Ju­bilee and those al­lied to Rutto. The gov­er­nor’s al­lies stormed out of the House. They ac­cused the speaker of favouritism for giv­ing Ju­bilee mem­bers more time to speak.

Nyan­gores MCA An­drew Mar­itim ac­cused po­lice of tak­ing po­lit­i­cal sides. He said the of­fi­cers pro­vide se­cu­rity to po­lit­i­cal ral­lies or­gan­ised by Ju­bilee politi­cians but ig­nore other par­ties, such as Rutto’s Chama Cha Mashinani.

But Em­bo­mos MCA Robert Ser­bia said Rutto has him­self to blame be­cause he tends to dis­rupt his op­po­nents’ ral­lies. Kembu’s Julius Korir and Bernard Ngeno of Kaple­tundo said Rutto’s ac­tion at Silib­wet was an act of law­less­ness. They said he should have fol­lowed proper chan­nels in seek­ing an­swers to al­le­ga­tions youths had been ar­rested for try­ing to dis­rupt the func­tion.

KIPKEMOI / FELIX

Bomet county as­sem­bly on Wed­nes­day dis­cuss ris­ing po­lit­i­cal ten­sion, hooliganism and in­jury to Gov­er­nor Isaac Rutto on Sun­day dur­ing a chaotic foot­ball match at Silib­wet

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