Protesters ‘burn senator’ for telling Ruto to stop blackmailing Central


Naivasha resident and leaders burn an effigy of Nominated Senator Paul Njoroge after he said Central will not Deputy President William Ruto’s presidential bid in 2022, June 27, 2016. Photo/GEORGE MURAGE

Naivasha residents burned a figurine of Nominated Senator Paul Njoroge after he said Central will not automatically support William Ruto’s 2022 presidency bid.

Area leaders joined them in demonstrations during which they lashed out at the Senator for his “baseless” sentiments.

Njoroge said at the weekend that DP Ruto should not demand Central Kenya’s support in 2022 general election. He asked the DP to “stop trying to blackmail Kikuyus to automatically support him in 2022”.

Lakeview MCA Simon Wanyoike accused the Senator of overstepping his mandate and told him to perform the role he was nominated to perform.

“We are perturbed by the Senators’ statement and we say categorically that the Kikuyu community is not short of leaders who can speak on its behalf,” he said.

Nominated MCA Esther Njeri termed Njoroge “an enemy” of the Naivasha community and the country as a whole.

“We know he is working for Cord and its agents. But he will receive the shock of his life when we vote for our president and his deputy come 2017 and 2022,” she said.

Youth leader Mwangi Muraya said they had resolved to ban the Senator from carrying out any activities in Naivasha.

“Though this is his home, we have agreed he will not hold any meeting here as we want peace,” he said.

Njoroge is the second Jubilee official to speak against Ruto’s leadership.

Earlier this month, Kiambu Governor William Kabogo said theMt Kenya region will not support Ruto’s bid for president in 2022. But he later apologised and assured Ruto of support.