Top 5 Kenyan politicians who have been heckled, booed. You won’t expect number 3!
Heckling and booing becomes the only way to drive the politician away. However, politicians eventually manage to pass their message. Here is a list of a few who have been heckled before.
1. Deputy President William Ruto
The deputy president has been a recipient of political disquiet in areas perceived to be opposition’s strongholds. Ruto has been heckled and booed at three times running, the latest encounter being in Kitale town of Trans Nzoia County, after his tour to urge citizens register as voters turned ugly.
In a span of two days, Ruto encountered a pro Jubilee supporters affiliated to Wetangula led Ford Kenya group of Bungoma and Trans Nzoia Counties. The residents rubbished his drive to have them register as voters in the ongoing mass voter registration, citing negligence from the Jubilee administration.
Earlier this year, the Daily Nation reportedDP Ruto facing a rowdy crowd in Sogoo Secondary School in Narok South. The residents were demanding to see the projects the government of the day had done in the governor Samuel Ole Tunai-led County. Ruto was on a mission to urge the residents to register as voters. Narok is deemed an opposition’s stronghold.
2. Dr. Evans Kidero
Nairobi’s governor Dr. Evans Kidero is the newest political leader to be heckled. Dr. Kidero ran into a crowd of rowdy youth in Kayole on Tuesday where he had toured to inspect projects of the county government.
The residents blocked Dr. Kidero’s entry into the estate at the Soweto-Riverbank road to complain of the poor state of the roads in the area. They waved placards and chanted “no road, no peace”.
This comes even as the incumbent is already facing a stiff competition from other politicians who are in a bid to oust him.
3. Raila Odinga
In 2014, the Daily Nation reported a massive Christian faithful heckling the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga in Kisumu during protests against the erection of a Sikh monument in the town.
Mr Odinga was treated to a cold reception by the protesters who milled around monument demanding its removal.
The monument was pulled down by the angry residents.
4. Ababu Namwamba
This was last year. The Budalangi MP’s remarks "we in Jubilee" while in Mombasa’s Glory Worship Centre in Bangladesh of Jomvu attracted a harsh treatment from the crowd demanding him to come clear on the matter.
Ababu Namwamba, however, promptly denounced the sentiments and said "we in Labour Party", quelling the angry congregation. However, the youth at the Coast still called him a Jubilee mole as he tried to address them outside the church compound.
Later, the MP quit Orange Democratic Party and is currently the leader of Labour Party of Kenya, which is popularized as the third force in Kenya. However, critics argue that the party is affiliated to Jubilee, despite his serial denials.
5. Governor Ali Hassan Joho
In September last year, Joho was forced to cut short his speech during the official opening of the Aldina-Jomvu carbro access road.
The Daily Nation reported two rival groups supporting aspirants for the Jomvu parliamentary seat started heckling Mr Joho and chanting and singing praises for their men, bringing to a standstill the highly hyped event.
A rival groups supporting Jomvu Ward Representative Karisa Nzai clashed with those backing incumbent Jomvu MP Badi Twalib.
"This time round, it seems like Jomvu will be hot. Let me finish my speech and you can continue with whatever you are doing,” Governor Joho pleaded with the heckling youths, reported the Daily Nation.
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