South Mugirango Member of Parliament Sylvanus Osoro has finally broken his silence days after trading blows with his Dagoretti North counterpart Simba Arati over the latter’s remarks at a burial in Kisii.
The two leaders engaged in fistfights on Monday, January 1, 2021, during the burial of Kisii County Deputy Governor Joash Maangi’s father in the full glare of the public, with DP Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga in attendance.
Speaking earlier today, the legislator revealed that he was angered by Arati’s remarks on post-election violence having been a victim of the same in 2007 where he lost properties to the perpetrators.
Osoro termed Arati’s utterances insensitive and provocative that made him lose his cool leading to the eventual ugly scenes witnessed.
“Arati provoked me… I have been a victim of post-election violence. One of my motorbikes which I operated in Molo in 2007 was burnt by goons while the other was stolen. It was then that I fled the place and hiked a lift to Nairobi where I started selling groundnuts and later became a newspaper vendor,” he said.
All began with Arati addressing the mourners at the funeral while poking holes on the DP’s team of allied leaders from the region, as not a reflection of the face.
He then went on to add that, it was only two communities that had led the nation since independence, hence denting DP Ruto’s chances of ascending to power come 2022.
He also called on the DP to officially apologize to the Gusii community over the 2007 skirmishes.
“When you were in ODM our people in Kisii were killed in Rift Valley, ask for forgiveness here for our people who died in Rift Valley,” Arati said.
This rattled the DP’s supporters from the region Osoro included, prompting him to storm the podium and grab the microphone Arati was using.
The security staff and other officials around then moved in swiftly to arrest the situation, with the ceremony coming to a momentary halt.