The deputy president was in Busia County for the second day of his Western Kenya vote hunting mission, but rowdy youths attempted to derail his tour. At Korinda junction, a group of youths blocked the road and lit bonfires sparking a standoff with the law enforcement agencies.
Some vehicles carrying Ruto supporters were pelted with stones, moments after the deputy president had passed on his way to Nambale for a rally. In Busia town, an attempt to disrupt Ruto’s rally was repulsed by police in anti-riot gear.
“The characters who are paying children of other citizens to cause violence and throw stones, we are telling you shame on you! This country is going to change. And I want to ask the young people of our nation, to make sure that this time around Kenya changes,” Ruto said.
Busia County has more than 350,000 registered voters, according to the 2017 IEBC voter registrar. ODM leader Raila Odinga garnered more than 239,000 votes, in the August 2017 presidential race with the UhuRuto ticket managing to get 34,239 votes. Ruto seeking to change the tide, with a litany of promises targeting the youth and small-scale traders should his presidential bid next year materialize.
With the ongoing voter registration drive that targets 7.2 million new voters registering low numbers. Ruto urged young people to come out, terming them the game-changer in next year’s statehouse race. Yet again, the deputy president dared his opponents to a contest claiming they were planning to scuttle his presidential bid through the use of state machinery. Traders in Busia town sought his intervention in the release of a fish truck, that was impounded by the Ugandan government.
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