Deputy President William Ruto was forced to cut short his address to residents in part of Kisumu County on Wednesday following violence in the Kondele area.
It has since emerged the Deputy President had been properly and comprehensively briefed and warned in advance against going to the area by police officers who had intelligence of impending violence.
It is understood that the police had intelligence that tensions had been fuelled in the area over alleged distribution of campaign logistical funds to local groups in the Kondele area.
“This intelligence was promptly shared by police officers to Deputy President William Ruto’s team with a recommendation to skip the rally,” read a statement from police.
During the violence, police reacted swiftly and the deputy president whisked away with no one on his tea sustaining any serious injuries.
Some vehicles on Ruto’s tour were however damaged in the ensuing melee.
“No barrier will stop the Hustler Nation from putting more oxygen into our economy. We will engage every Kenyan so that we can agree on what to prioritise in our manifesto,” William Ruto said after the violence in Kondele.
William Ruto is in Nyanza on a 5-day campaign trail ahead of the 2022 General Election and the police statement confirmed the security apparatus is fully aware of his itinerary throughout the five days.
Many Kenyans took to social media to express mixed reactions to the development with some condemning the political intolerance displayed by the violence in Kondele, one of Raila’s strong support bases in Luo-Nyanza.
It comes barely two months after ODM leader Raila Odinga held a successful rally in Eldoret town, considered William Ruto’s political bedrock.
Politicians perceived to be strongly against Riala Odinga always find it hard to successfully address gatherings in several parts of Luo Nyanza -including Migori and Kondele.