Political leaders allied to Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto are lamenting over what they perceive as a plan to prevent the DP’s presidential campaigns from going beyond his Rift Valley backyard.
Led by UDA party chairman Johnstone Muthama and Nandi Senator Samsom Cheregei, the political leaders have take issue with the manner in which police are systematically frustrating UDA meetings happening outside Rift Valley.
“There is myopic, undemocratic thinking in Kenya of taking us back to the era of regional kingpins confined to the region they come from, and their small, village parties. This attempt to disrupt UDA meetings will fail,” Cherergei told the Daily Nation.
Although Kivumbi.co.ke understands that President Uhuru Kenyatta banned political gatherings, opposition leader Raila Odinga was recently seen holding a political rally in Kisumu few days prior to Madaraka Day fete without any police interruption.
This came just days after police had dispersed several UDA rallies held outside Ruto’s stronghold in which the men in blue were reported to have lobbed tear gas canisters and fired in the air to disperse UDA’s meeting.
UDA chairman Johnson Muthama, who was part of the Coast meeting that was disrupted last week said the government was applying ‘dictatorial tactics’ in dealing with the DP’s allies.
“Politicians seen to be leaning towards the government are given a free hand to hold rallies, no social distance and no masks,
“But those allied to the DP meet in town halls with their aspirants, the government wakes up, and realizes that COVID-19 is still there,” Muthama lamented.
He however assured supporters that the meetings with the party’s aspirants, which he called strategic meetings are guaranteed by the Kenyan Constitution adding that they will continue olding such meetings.
Muranga Senator Irungu Kang’ata on his part blamed Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi and his Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho following the dismissal of UDA meetings.
“When history will be written on what made Jubilee unpopular in the President’s own backyard, the police and Interior ministry will get a whole chapter,” he said.