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Politicians allied to Deputy President William Ruto have declared that they will not accept further humiliation by State officials who want to block Ruto’s 2022 presidential quest.
The team tangatanga leaders dared the State to cancel today’s planned meeting in Mumias, days after he was forced by the police to abandon an event in Nyamira.
Senators Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet) and Samson Cherargei (Nandi) and MPs Caleb Kositany (Soy), Didmus Barasa (Kimilili) and Hilary Kosgei (Kipkelion West) said they will not allow their right to assemble as well as freedom of association to be trampled upon.
A tentative itinerary indicates that the DP will attend a church service and a fundraiser in Mumias East constituency, where he will be hosted by MP Ben Washiali.
Kositany said the actions targeted at Ruto were a sign that “the deep State was scared of being beaten hands down by the hustler nation.”
Barasa said they would obey the law but would not allow their rights to be abused.
“We will comply with the regulations but if they cancel our meeting on flimsy grounds again, then it will be clear they are playing politics and we will not hesitate to face off with them,” he said.
Murkomen said the path those opposed to the DP have taken will only embolden him and his supporters.
“If the president wanted my advice on how to slow the hustler movement, I would tell him don’t fight it. Let them do their thing.
“By not fighting it, you allow them to make their mistakes and keep the country peaceful,” he said.
Kosgei said they would defy orders that are unconstitutional, adding that their campaigns were unstoppable.
The event comes barely two days after a gathering the DP was to address in Kebirigo, Nyamira County was teargassed, forcing the DP to cancel his visit to the region.