Police were on Monday forced to take charge of a funeral service in Kisii County, after two honourable members engaged in a physical fight.
Emotions reached tipping point during the burial service of Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi’s father, Abel Gongera. It all started when Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati took to the podium.
Arati told Deputy President William Ruto, who was in attendance, to stop associating himself with leaders of questionable character.
“Mheshimiwa Ruto, Bwana deputy president huwezi tembea hapa Kisii na wezi, washwash. Hawa watu ndiyo unatembea na wao around. (We have several leaders here in the company of DP Ruto who have a tainted life),” said Arati.
These remarks forced an angry South Mugirango MP Sylvanus Osoro to storm the stage, and grab his colleague by the collar.
Owing to Osoro’s positional disadvantage, a little shove from Simba Arati saw him tripping to the ground.
DP Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga shared the same podium.
Mr. Odinga, who was accompanied by Kisii Governor James Ongwae, received a warm welcome while he was taking the podium as DP Ruto’s supporters took the chance to chant his name.
Politics of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) and 2022 succession politics took center stage, with Raila calling DP Ruto out for failed election pledges.
Odinga reiterated his will to unite Kenyans through the BBI and his Handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“We are not in Government nor are we the government, they [DP Ruto] are here and you should ask them about the laptops they promised school children and millions of jobs. Now you [DP Ruto] have diverted the attention to wheelbarrow and “mkokoteni,” Raila said.
In a quick rejoinder, DP Ruto advanced his ‘hustler narrative’, insisting that he will change the political conversation in the country from a few politicians to the grievances of common mwananchi.
“I don’t know what the issue with the wheelbarrow narrative is, if that’s the party symbol what’s the problem? Do we ever question your [Raila] orange symbol?” Ruto posed.
“In 2007, I helped you [Raila] become the prime minister. I have also helped my brother Uhuru Kenyatta become President twice. All this while I was a good person. But when I want to talk about the hustlers and mama mboga, I am a bad person,” added DP Ruto