The violence meted on the ODM leader Raila Odinga in Uasin Gishu County has angered President Uhuru Kenyatta who has called on politicians to promote peace in the run-up to the August polls.
Speaking at a roadside rally in Nairobi on Sunday April 3, President Uhuru said no one should be attacked because of his/her political formation.
The Head of State noted that had the Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition presidential been injured in the process, it could have caused violence in the country.
“There is no need for violence. Why are you belting stones at a helicopter carrying Baba? How will that help you? What if Raila was injured in that attack? Kenya would have been on fire right now and that is not what we want,” President Uhuru said.
While recounting how the Kenya Kwanza brigade insulted him during their tour of Gatundu South Constituency, the Head of State called on Kenyans to embrace mature politics.
“You saw what happened at my home in Gatundu. They insulted me at my doorstep but I chose to be silent about it,” he added.
President Uhuru who has declared his support for Raila Odinga in the coming elections further urged Kenyans not to allow themselves to be influenced by politicians with selfish motives.
“So ask ourselves, if you take a stone or a slasher to go and cut your friend instead of waiting for the next five years to elect your leader of choice, then you have lost direction,” Uhuru said.
The ODM leader faced a hostile reception after a group of rowdy youths pelted stones at his chopper, damaging the screen in the Soi constituency after attending the burial of businessman Jackson Kibor.
Already the Director of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has named Soi MP Caleb Kositany, Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi, and Uasin Gishu County Assembly Speaker David Kiplagat as the main planners and funders of the violence directed at the ODM leader.