Several people have been injured and one feared dead after chaos erupted at Kieni in Nyeri County after two opposing groups clashed over a visit by deputy president William Ruto where he was attending a church service.
Videos seen by Kenya report showed tires smouldering on the road, with some of the protesters blocking the roads leading to Mbiriri church with a Mountain of debris.
Ruto had sought to attend a number of church service in the region, but two churches had already withdrawn their invitations to the DP to attend services.
The DP who was accompanied by member of Parliament led by Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua accused the state but most especially Kieni MP Kanini Kega of having a hand in the foiled visit.
“Let me advise my good friend that when people offer help to his constitutuents he should not block it. We are aware he is trying to use the police to block the DP but he will come anyway,” Gachagua said.
Kega, however, dismissed the allegations saying anyone was free to worship in his area as long as it was done with decorum.
“I have not blocked anyone from visiting my constitutuents so anyone trying to claim so is lying. Anyone is welcome to worship in Kieni as long as they do so with decorum and adhere to all protocols,” said the area Mp.
Ruto ultimately attended Mbiriri Full Gospel church, Kieni Constituency, Nyeri county and the service went on peacefully.