Youths barricade road and burn NASA posters claiming Bomet is a Jubilee zone
A section of Jubilee supporters burnt tyres on the streets of Bomet town over the weekend protesting NASA meeting claiming the region is a Jubilee zone.
The group of more than 300 youths engaged police in running battles for more than an hour, throwing stones and snatching campaign materials belonging to NASA and Chama Cha Mashinani party from supporters leaving the meeting.
The group had repeatedly tried to disrupt the NASA meeting earlier but was repulsed by NASA supporters.
Police had to lob teargas canisters to disperse the youths who brought business to a halt in some parts of the Bomet town for the better part of the evening.
Chanting Jubilee songs, the youths who later addressed the press, said Bomet is a Jubilee zone and opposition leaders who visit the county for rallies should respect that.
Led by Victor Rop, the youths accused the opposition of using the meeting to attack Deputy President William Ruto.
“Here in Bomet we are members of Jubilee, so Rutto should stop moving around bragging about how he has allegedly managed to convince the electorate to join CCM yet we know he only has a few followers in the region,” he said as quoted by a local daily.
Bomet governor Isaac Ruto and William Ruto have been at loggerheads since they fell out two years ago.
Both leaders are wrestling to establish their dominance in the populous south rift region.
Rutto accused county commissioner, Bernard Leparmarai of being behind the chaos.
On Friday the governor told a local daily that Jubilee leaders were planning to disrupt the NASA rally.
“The county commissioner held two meetings in his office planning how to create chaos on Saturday,” Ruto revealed.
National Super Alliance (NASA) held a meeting bringing together different affiliate parties who wish to end Jubilees hold on to power.
“The initial plan was to have demonstrations in Bomet town, denouncing Nasa leadership and appealing to the people not to attend the rally, while portraying the region as a Jubilee stronghold,” the governor said.
Isaac Rutto’s Chama Cha Mashinani party was officially welcomed to the NASA fold during the weekend meeting.
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