Governor Ruto airlifted to Nairobi for medical treatment

By George Kithuka

Bomet governor Isaac Ruto is admitted at Nairobi Hospital after sustaining injuries during a scuffle between police and his supporters at a football match in the county on Sunday.

Ruto was airlifted to Nairobi Monday morning for specialized treatment after he was allegedly hit by a teargas canister when he tried to secure freedom for some rowdy youths who had been arrested by police at a football match in Bomet.

The Bomet county boss landed at the Wilson airport in Nairobi around 8 am and proceeded to Nairobi hospital where he was said to have undergone detailed medical check up to ascertain his well being.

However reports on his progress remained scanty although he appeared stable.

Ruto told members of the press at the airport before proceeding to the hospital, that he was accosted by police officers at Silibwet stadium where he had gone to secure release of several youths who were arrested for causing disturbance

It was during the scuffle between police and Ruto’s supporters that a police officer allegedly hit him before a tear gas canister hit him on the forehead

The National Police Service has not responded to Governor’s claims in relation to the incident.

The governor termed the incident as gratuitous claiming the officers were acting under political instructions that should be condemned by all peace loving Kenyans.

Meanwhile, CORD leader Raila Odinga has condemned the alleged police attack on the Bomet Governor.

Odinga says the attack on the governor continues a worrying agenda of hate and intolerance that has been taking root in the country.

The attack according to the former Prime Minister is against the freedom of assembly and association guaranteed by the Constitution. According to the CORD leader, the country must not be allowed to revert to the dark days of political intolerance.

He issued the statement in Nairobi after visiting the Bomet Governor who was treated and discharged from the Nairobi hospital.


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