Kenyans on Twitter aka KOT has expressed mixed reactions after Deputy President William Ruto postponed his Nyamira County visit following the disruption by the police.
While taking his official Twitter page, the deputy president announced that he decided to postpone his tour after consulting with the area MPs who had invited him to the area.
DP Ruto said that the event will now take place on Thursday next week.
The DP also hit out at the police saying that disruption of Kenyans engaging in eceonom,ic empowerment is unnecessary.
“After consultations with MPs Kemosi, Mose, Nyamoko, the bodaboda sacco and church leadership who had invited us, we have postponed the two functions in Nyamira County to Thursday next week. The disruptive dispersal by police of kenyans engaged in economic empowerment is unnecessary.” DP Ruto said.
After consultations with MPs Kemosi, Mose,Nyamoko, the bodaboda sacco and church leadership who had invited us, we have postponed the two functions in Nyamira County to Thursday next week.The disruptive dispersal by police of kenyans engaged in economic empowerment is unnecessary
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) October 8, 2020
DP’s announcement elicited mixed reactions from Kenyans online with some warning him of tough times ahead.
Here are some reactions;
“Dp, you can resist, boycott, mobilize or even declare yourself people’s president. We warned you against disrespecting our president.” A tweep going by the name Nancy Kimani told DP Ruto.
“Sir, imagine it has been like this all along even when you used to justify their actions. Thank God you are now on our side. When your kingdom finally comes, tell them to treat us better.You shall reform the police, make independent their recruitment criterion.” Another user tweeted.
“Thank to God policeman and women don’t participate in voting… We made a decision in 2012/2013 and that decision has not changed… Karibu Nyamira Jana,,, karibu leo,,, karibu kesho na mtondo na siku zote.” Junior Kadot tweeted.
Earlier in the morning the anti-riot police dispersed DP Ruto’s supporters at Kebirigo High School in Nyamira County, where the DP was to hold his event.
Ruto was to conduct a fundraiser for bodaboda operators in the area a day after the government introduced stringent measures for politicians holding rallies.
Nyamira County Commissioner Amos Mariba had reportedly banned the planned meetings at Kebirigo and Miriri Secondary in Kitutu Masaba constituency.
The County Commissioner stated that the organizers of the meeting failed to notify the police and abide by the NSC guidelines on political rallies.
“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.
DP’s aborted visit was to take place ahead of ODM leader Raila Odinga’s tour to Kisii County on Friday, October 9.
Raila is expected to attend the burial of the father of former KTN News investigative reporter Dennis Onsarigo.