Delegates protest at Jubilee meeting
10 September 2016, 09:05
Nairobi - Crowd trouble nearly marred the Jubilee affiliate parties meeting at Kasarani stadium, delaying the programme for several hours.
For over three hours on Friday, angry delegates who were protesting non-payment of their allowances shouted down anyone who got to the podium, including local musicians, as they demanded to be given their dues.
Chanting “pesa pesa (money money),” the delegates declined to give an ear to Jubilee lawmakers led by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and nominated MP Johnson Sakaja, who tried to plead with them to remain calm.
It took the intervention of Deputy President William Ruto, who walked to the venue a few minutes after noon, and straight to the podium, for sanity to be restored in the room.
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The Deputy President, who seemed to have been briefed about the tense situation, diplomatically engaged the party supporters after he took the mic, and managed to charm his way to their hearts.
“Nimeambiwa kuna mambo madogo madogo hapa (I have been told there are some small issues here) …,” started Ruto, amid cheers from the crowd.
“When I stand here, know I am here on behalf of President Uhuru Kenyatta. The small issue will be solved today,” he added.
Having clearly read the mood of the house, the Deputy President wittingly asked the delegates to remember that Jubilee party is not the property of the leaders but their political vehicle as well.
“The party is ours and is yours too. Do not also forget that we are not only a political party but the government as well,” he said, amid loud ululations.
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