Security has been beefed up at Kinoru Stadiu in Meru County where a heated Building Bridges Initiative rally is underway.

The rally was preceeded by drama after several people who had allegedly been paid Ksh 500 to attend the rally recorded and posted a video of their complaints.

The individuals who were in a bus lamented that what they had been paid to attend the rally was too little, adding that they had been promised more cash later on.

The passengers alleged that they had been ferried from Nyandaua, Murang'a and Tharaka Nithi Counties to attend the event that is currently underway.

Saturday saw allegations that regional commissioners and county commandants had received huge sums of money to ferry participants to Kinoru stadium.

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria said that he had been informed that “money was pocketed by regional commissioners, county commanders, local MPS all the way down to the chiefs".

Kuria and Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen caused a stir yet again at the BBI rally albeit late and had to stand.

No one appeared bothered by their actions even as the two seemed out of place standing behind governor Alfred Mutua and other digntaries.

It is not yet clear if the two leaders will be given a chance to address the public as the host governor (Kiraitu Murungi) had made it clear that speakers at the event would be clearly vetted with the concerns of the locals making it to the agenda.

He made it clear that only leaders from the 11 counties that make up the Mount Kenya region would be allowed to speak.

Raila Odinga arrived at the stadium in the company of Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi shortly after midday and was warmly received.

Below is are photos of the event.

Moses Kuria with Kipchumba Murkomen on their way to Kinoru stadium
Moses Kuria with Kipchumba Murkomen on their way to Kinoru stadium
Buses used to ferry delegates to BBI meeting at Kinoru Stadium
Buses used to ferry delegates to BBI meeting at Kinoru Stadium
Tight security at Kinoru Stadium
Tight security at Kinoru Stadium
William Kabogo at the BBI rally in Meru
William Kabogo at the BBI rally in Meru