Turmoil was witnessed as two differing rowdy youth groups tried to interrupt a funeral service that was attended by Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga and other dignitaries on Saturday 20 February 2021 in Ndhiwa, Homabay County.
The chaos erupted immediately after the former Prime Minister arrived at the venue which was at the Ratanga Primary School.
The two youth groups started to exchange heavy blows and kicks in front of Odinga who had already been ushered to sit in a nearby tent.
Police officers tried to calm them down and push them away from the guests but all was in vain as the situation escalated.
This forced them to force their way into the groups and hit them with batons which worked but the cause of the fight remained unknown.
After the police managed to remove the two groups, the emcee of the day thanked them, urging the youths to remain calm and settle down.
“Vijana please calm down. Relax. Let us welcome baba in a dignified manner. Vijana, kindly stop that nonsense. Let us all settle. Thank you,” he said.
Earlier on as reported by Kenyannews.co.ke, Deputy President William Ruto’s allies were met with teargas in Nakuru County during their meeting in London Ward.
Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika and Bahati Member of Parliament Kimani Ngunjiri had led DP William Ruto United Democratic Alliance (UDA) allies to campaign for Nzuki Wachira who is vying for the seat through the party’s ticket.
Other politicians who had accompanied Kihika and Ngunjiri were Dagorettii South MP John Kiarie alias KJ and his Nyali counterpart Mohamed Ali commonly known as Moha Jicho Pevu.
However, before reaching their destination, they were forced to stop and a confrontation began between the two parties.
The police claimed that the meeting was illegal while Susan Kihika’s side maintained that they had followed all the protocols needed before setting up the meeting.
Ngunjiri confirmed that they had been arrested without being told what crime they had committed or where they were being taken to.
In other news, DP Ruto was confronted by a group of youths at Kabarnet, Baringo County, and attempted to interrupt the rally.
The second in command, however, urged the youths to remain calm and challenged those paying youths to cause violence to send their children and wives.