Nakuru County Senator Susan Kihika and Nakuru Town East MP David Gikaria were today barred from accessing the venue of a public event.
The two who are ardent supporters of the Deputy President were turned back at the gate of the venue. Police manning the entrance said they had “orders from above” to bar the two from accessing the venue.
“We have orders from above to prevent politicians from coming to meeting,” said a senior police officer at the entrance. He added that the gathering was meant to be apolitical and thus politicians would not be let in. Earlier, the Jubilee chairman for Nakuru County, David Manyara, who is also a former MP was also prevented from entering the PC’s ground where the event was taking place.
The action to turn back the two popular politicians has not gone well with residents though. Expressing their anger on social media, some of even gone ahead to call the action childish and petty.
“It was petty and childish for some people to turn away some section of other leaders simply because they support an opposing stand,” wrote a resident on Facebook.
The action to turn away the two is seen to have been caused by their support for the Deputy President Dr. William Ruto. The president and his cronies have lately been lashing out at Ruto supporters since the March 2018 handshake between President Kenyatta and Raila Odinga. Earlier, another Ruto supporter, Mwangi Kiunjuri was relieved off his duties as the Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture. His position was given to Peter Munya.
Another Uhuru sycophant, Zachary Kinuthia was rewarded by an appointment as Cabinet Assistant Secretary (CAS) for education.
“This is a clear sign that the country is divided right through the middle with those who support Ruto being punished and those opposed to him getting rewarded,” said a political analyst in Nakuru.
The action to punish the two leaders by locking them out however seems to have bouyed them up politically. The news of their predicament has totally overshadowed the reason for today’s meeting with Senator Susan Kihika being the most spoken about politician in Nakuru currently.
“We know they’re trying to frustrate the senator for supporting the Deputy President. But we shall stand by her and she has our support,” said Francis Kiprop from Kuresoi. His sentiments were echoed by many who feel that their senator has faced tribulations for having stood steadfast with the DP.