Escalating cases of political violence against supporters of William Ruto in Nyeri by Kieleweke political group led by warlord MP Ngunjiri Wambugu have sparked off considerable concern amongst local grassroots politicians, spiritual leaders and civil right groups.
The groups have called on the international community and International Criminal Court to be alert in that if these ugly incidents are not contained, they have potential of spreading across the country and culminating to bloody civil strife.
The groups include Nyeri county association of all sects led by James Gatonye, Jane Thaitaka, Salim Gitimu, Peter Kahumbu and Gibson Gatonye of PCEA and ACK respectively as well as grassroots political leaders who include Johnson Kagamba of Kanu, Mwangi Kimonde, Jubilee party and Ann Karaya, Narc-K. Civil rights groups leaders include Kogi Kioni and Josiah Gichinga.
“Now conventional wisdom is dictating that the government is providing logistic and material support to Kieleweke political group and its warlord Ngunjiri Wambugu who clearly appears to be in charge of political command post that is executing political harassment of the supporters of deputy president who include elected leaders,” said Gichinga of Nyeri civil rights defenders.
They challenged the government to produce a public report on the recent violent disruption of a function by marauding youth allied to the Nyeri MP at DEB Primary School in Nyeri town. Inua Mama Jamii function was hosted by Nyeri county MP Rahab Mukami to issue cheques to women and youth groups. Other proRuto leaders who attended the function included women representatives Jane Chebabai of Elgeyo Marakwet, Gladys Shollei, Uasin Gishu, Beatrice Moe, Kilifi, Lydia Haika, Taita Taveta, Faith Gitau, Nyandarua and MPs Mary Waithera, Maragua, Alice Wahome, Kandara who is married in Nyeri county to geneocologist Wahome Ng’ayu. She actually took MP Ngunjiri by the horns after storming into the function. “You have let down your electrorate by engaging yourself nearly on full time basis on dirty and violent political activities against Ruto’s allies at the expense of your parliamentary duties,” Alice Wahome told him on his face.
She asked Nyeri Town constituents to write off Ngunjiri now and vote him out come the forthcoming elections. Embarrassed Ngunjiri was not given even a single minute to address the function.
Immediately after Kandara MP concluded her electrifying remarks, a group of young men and women who appeared visibly drunk stormed into the function chanting anti-Ruto’s slogans. Policemen managed to contain chaos before Nyeri county MP Rahab Mukami called off the meeting which actually ended in disarray. Last month, a group of pro-Kielewekes led by Wambugu disrupted a water project launch function near Gatitu market in Nyeri subcounty. During the melee, a well-built bouncer allied to area MCA Muturi threw a heavy punch on the stomach of visibly shaken area MP at the dais in front of chief guest Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri and women rep Rahab Mukami both of whom are inclined to Tanga Tanga faction. The function ended in disarray after angry Ngunjiri slapped area MCA Muturi. To date the government has not bothered to investigate the matter despite many appeals from local leaders and many others from different parts of the country led by combative Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua.