Anti-riot police lob teargas to disperse rowdy crowd during DP Ruto's Jacaranda Grounds rally

Anti-riot police lob teargas to disperse rowdy crowd during DP Ruto's Jacaranda Grounds rally

Police lob teargas at Deputy President William Ruto's rally at the Jacaranda Grounds in Pipeline, Nairobi on Sunday, January 16, 2022.

  • Several videos showed police officers lobbing teargas to disperse the crowd that had gathered at the venue. 
  • DP Ruto said his government would do away with the culture of throwing stones once he is elected president. 

Deputy President William Ruto's Sunday rally at the Jacaranda Grounds in Pipeline, Nairobi was momentarily halted after a rival group opposed to the gathering raided the venue and started pelting attendees with stones.

Several videos showed police officers lobbing teargas to disperse the crowd that had gathered at the venue. 

DP Ruto, while popularising his August presidential bid on the 'bottom-up approach’ to the area residents, said his government would do away with the culture of throwing stones once he is elected president. 

Teargas was seen smoldering as the rally bore on, with scores of people in the audience fleeing from the dais where the second in command was. 

"Mskikuwe na wasiwasi, hii mambo ya mawe tunaimaliza mwaka huu, sisi tunasema kazi ni kazi, wira ni wira, mwaka huu, wale mnakopa pesa kwa Shylock, na Fuliza, niko na habari njema, mwaka huu tunaweka billioni hamsini," Ruto told residents.

In what appeared to be a thinly-veiled attack on his competitor, ODM leader Raila Odinga who recently claimed he would jail Kenya's corrupt, Ruto said he is beyond fear. 

Nataka niwaambie wale tunashindana na wao, wale walio na historia ya kuleta fujo Kenya, kupanga watu wa kupigana na mawe, na kujiapisha; hatuwezi nunua vitisho yenu,” he stated.

Ile uoga mnataka kutuuzia, sisi ni wakenya na nchi hii ni yetu na hamuwezi kututishia,” added the DP.

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