A section of members in the Deputy President William Ruto’s camp from the Western region chased police officers who threatened to arrest them at a gathering on Sunday, September 20, 2020.
The leaders included Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa, Mumias East MP Benjamin Wahiali, and his Webuye counterpart Dan Wanyama and former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale, among others.
The meeting was held in Shinyalu, Kakamega County, at the home of Boniface Lihanda, who is a staunch supporter of William Ruto.
Speaking to journalists, Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa disclosed that police officers disrupted the meeting after accusing them of breaching Covid-19 preventive measures.
However, he noted that they were about 200, and they observed social distancing regulations and wearing face masks.
Barasa added that the Ministry of Interior had been used to wage political battles, yet there are many Kenyans who need police protection.
The MP added that they had convened the meeting to start early campaigns for the Deputy President in the region in the build-up to the 2022 General Elections.
Upon arrival in the scene, the police ordered everyone to leave the gathering, but things turned chaotic when the politicians refused to leave.
Shinyalu Sub-County Police Commander Robert Makau had a quarrel with the leaders present in the gathering shortly after he was chased away.
Barasa said that after the police dispersed the crowd, they(leaders) remained behind to plan on the next move, but the police boss told them to leave.
This comes even as President Uhuru Kenyatta, the Deputy President William Ruto, and the ODM Party leader Raila Odinga among other leaders, hold a number of rallies across the country without interference by the police.
The Ministry of Health banned large gatherings, including political rallies, congregating in churches, burials, and wedding ceremonies in a bid to prevent the spread of Covid-19 a few months ago.