Two differing groups clashed immediately Odinga arrived at Ratanga Primary School on Saturday, February 20. The two parties exchanged blows and kicks in front of Odinga who had been ushered to sit in a nearby tent.
At first, the police urged the youth to calm down and pushed them away from the VIP guests.
However, with the situation escalating, the law enforcers forced their way into the mob, hit them with batons and forced them to move away from the tents.
Senior police officers rushed to the scene to de-escalate the situation. The cause of the fracas was, however, not ascertained.
“Vijana please calm down. Relax. Let us welcome baba in a dignified manner. Vijana kindly stop that nonsense. Let us all settle. Thank you,” the emcee appreciated the law enforcers after calmness was restored.
At Kabarnet in Baringo County, Deputy President William Ruto also confronted a group of youth who attempted to disrupt his rally. The DP requested his followers to focus on him instead of the sideshows.
“I want to tell those who are bribing the youth with meagre amounts of money that they will never succeed. The youth in Kabarnet are educated and intelligent.
“Let those who propagate violence send their wives and children to revolt and demonstrate,” Ruto said.
Earlier on during the day, police tear-gassed his allies at a campaign rally in London ward, Nakuru County. The legislators led by Senator Susan Kihika and MPs Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati) and Mohamed Ali – Jicho Pevu (Nyali) engaged in running battles with the police who had sealed off their venue.
The leaders were campaigning for the United Democratic Alliance’s (UDA) candidate Nzuki Wachira for the London MCA seat.