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Ugly politics: Ruto, Ken Obura roughed up

The awry incidence forced the Kisumu Central MP Ken Obura to flee the scene in for of his security. His car was stoned.


The awry incidence forced the Kisumu Central MP Ken Obura to flee the scene in fear of his security.

The youths stoned Mr. Obura’s car at Kondele, accusing him of supporting President Kenyatta's Jubilee Party. Mr. Obura was slated to have a public rally at the market to urge residents turn out to register as voters.  The rowdy youth broke his vehicle’s rear and side windows.

Jeopardy accusations


In what seemed a bad day, previously the lawmaker had been forced to fold up his Kisumu based Kibuye market, where he had pitched tent to urge residents to take part in the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission led exercise.

Having seen situation turn bleary, motorcycle operators who were wearing T-shirts bearing the MP’s name, removed them, and took to their heels, for fear of attracting the wrath of the irate group.

Mr. Obura, a first-time lawmaker, has been accused by residents of supporting the Jubilee administration though he won his seat on an ODM ticket.

Widespread mayhem

This comes a day after the Deputy President William Ruto was forced to change his route amid chaotic youth in Bungoma town threatening to disrupt the meeting.


Subsequently, DP Ruto has been heckled in Trans Nzoia and Narok Counties, accusing him of the negligence by the government. Ruto was on a mission to mobilize residents take part on the ongoing mass voter registration.

Voter listing drive

Meanwhile, President Uhuru Kenyatta is in Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper Party dominated Kitui County to bolster his call for mass registration amongst his Jubilee supporters.

President Kenyatta has urged the residents to turn out in large number to register as the “only way to ensure development conscious leaders are elected,” he wrote on his twitter account.

Yesterday, in an update to the country one week after the kick off of the mass voter registration exercise, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, IEBC through its chairman Wafula Chebukati, indicated that so far the number of newly registered voters had tipped to 825,000.


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