A burial ceremony in Eldoret Uasin Gishu County was on Wednesday, turned into a political battlefield after Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri, together with his supporters openly exchanged words with the county’s popular Businessman cum politician Bundotich Zedekiah alias Buzeki.
The commotion started when a section of leaders accompanying the New Chama Cha Mashinani, CCM Secretary-General Buzeki started arriving at the function and violently exchanging words with a section of residents who seemed displeased by their presence.
The burial program of Mzee Ngugi Githonga was forcefully suspended for some time after the exchange between the two groups escalated, threatening to throw the whole function into disarray.
It took the efforts of the PCEA church leaders together with that of the law enforcers to restore law and order between the two warring sites, whose main cause of conflict seemed to be politically instigated.
And when he was invited to give his condolence message, Buzeki, who was defeated by the incumbent Governor Jackson Mandago in the county’s gubernatorial race in 2017, hit hard on Oscar Sudi together with Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri, terming them as big inciters to violence in the country.
“Kuna kiongozi jana ambaye amemtukana Mama Ngina.I want to apologize to the president on behalf of all young leaders from Uasin Gishu county. If you happen to google the word incitement, you will be met with the names of MP Oscar Sudi and Kimani Ngunjiri who are the biggest inciters in this country,” stated Buzeki in a video shared online.
MP Ngunjiri and Buzeki clash at a burial in Uasin Gishu. Buzeki accused Sudi and Ngunjiri of inciting violence in the Rift Valley region
Posted by Northrift News on Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Buzeki warned they were not going to allow the likes of Sudi and his friends to divide the country again through their careless remarks and insults on the presidency.
His sentiments were echoed by Huruma ward MCA Peter Chomba, who warned that such reckless remarks by the leaders risked throwing the country into turmoil.
He accused a section of Kikuyu leaders led by MP Ngunjiri of being behind the widened gap between the DP and his boss Uhuru Kenyatta, adding that they were propagating defamatory remarks for their own self gains.
But in a quick rejoinder, Kimani Ngunjiri, who was also present, told off Buzeki and his team over the remarks saying they should
“Uhuru is our President and we should respect him. Others should never take advantage of those who have talked about the president to attack others…Deal with those who talked bad about Uhuru and leave Ruto and some of us out of this,” remarked Ngunjiri.
While telling off Buzeki, Ngunjiri warned that the DP should not be blamed for the sins of others, adding that Ruto will speak for himself and will not use his juniors.
On his part, Soy MP Caleb Kositany called for a cease-fire, saying such remarks from the two camps were uncalled for and unwarranted.
Kositany insisted on the need for respect, saying each leader deserved respect because each leader has their own family, friends, and followers.
He urged President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto to put aside their differences and forge a united nation ahead of 2022.