The National Police Service has issued a statement following the chaos witnessed on Deputy President William Ruto’s tour of Kondele, Kisumu on Wednesday, November 10.
Police: DP Ruto's team ignored intelligence before chaotic Kisumu rally
Before leaving Kondele, DP William Ruto gave boda boda operators Sh2.5 million, and Sh2 million to women with roadside kiosks.
The statement issued by Police Spokesperson Bruno Shioso said that DP Ruto had been alerted on rising tensions in the area, and advised to skip the stopover.
“Based on intelligence gathered, there was tension within Kondele owing to alleged distribution of campaign logistical funds amongst local groups.
"This intelligence was promptly shared by police with H.E the Deputy President's team, with a recommendation to skip the affected area during the tour," read part of the statement.
During the rally, violence erupted amongst the local agitated groups who engaged in stone-throwing and other unruly behaviour.
Photos and videos from the scene showed smashed car windows and tear gas renting the air as police dispersed the rogue citizens.
“Police reacted promptly to contain the situation and provide security to H.E the Deputy President, his entourage, the public and property, in the process, tear gas was discharged.
"H.E the Deputy President safely left the scene. No injuries were reported or noted. Some vehicles were destroyed,” the police spokesperson concluded.
The Deputy President gave boda boda operators Sh2.5 million, and Sh2 million to women with roadside kiosks.
Ruto left Kisumu for Migori where he was received by Governor Okoth Obado.
He condemned the chaos that rocked his Kondele tour and blamed local politicians for orchestrating the violence.
“The Hustler Nation disassociates with leaders and political groupings that use violence to advance their selfish cause.
“Our plans and programmes will ensure that the youth are liberated from regressive stone-throwing culture by engaging them in gainful activities that will better their lives through the Bottom-Up Economic Model,” he said.
The DP is on a tour of Nyanza region, which is considered the backyard of ODM leader Raila Odinga.
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