Deputy President William Ruto’s allies have vowed to go on with Nyamira meetings despite disruption by the anti-riot police.
Earlier on the police had stormed Kebirigo Primary School and brought down tents which had been erected ahead of DP Ruto’s visit.
The deputy president was expected to preside over a fundraiser for boda boda operators in the region.
However DP’s allies led by West Mugirango MP Vincent Kemosi, North Mugirango legislator Joash Nyamoko and his Kitutu Masaba counterpart Shadrack Mose who were the organizers of the meeting hit out at the police saying that it was planned in line with the law and they had not received any communication halting it.
The MPs insisted the planned fundraiser activities have to go on and even assured their supporters that the second-in-command will attend the event at 2PM after finishing a Cabinet meeting he had to attend this morning.
The MPs further said that they will not anyone to stop the fund drive that is going to help the youth in the county.
“Political rallies were stopped, but you cannot stop a president’s meeting and you cannot stop deputy president’s meeting.”
The anti-riot Police dispersed DP’s supporters who had thronged the venue in readiness to receive him.
This came just a day after the government introduced stringent measures for politicians holding rallies.
It was reported that Nyamira County Commissioner Amos Mariba had banned the DP’s planned meetings at Kebirigo and Miriri Secondary in Kitutu Masaba constituency citing yesterday’s directive by Head of Public Service Jushua Kinyua.
“Following an advisory by the National Security Council, Nyamira County commissioner Mr. Amos Mariba has with immediate effect suspended DP Ruto’s Nyamira tour which was scheduled on 8th October, 2020 for failing to notify and abide by the NSC guidelines,” reads a statement by the Nyamira County Commissioner.
On Wednesday, October 7, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua declared that all political meetings would only be held in strict compliance of section 5 of the public order act, cap. 56.
According to Kinyua, areas OCS is supposed to be informed of the intent to hold a political meeting at least three days, but not more than fourteen days before the proposed date of the public meeting or procession.