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Raila rally disrupted by rowdy Youths

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Opposition chief Raila Odinga’s campaign for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) was in Githurai was met with some resistance with Youth’s chanting ‘Hustler’ slogans engaging in running battles with the police.

Raila’s address at Githurai was on Wednesday interrupted by youths chanting ‘hustler’, and although there was heavy police presence, the youths were pushed back by pro -Raila youths.

The youths supporting ‘hustler ‘narrative resorted to throwing stones at Raila’s convoy and continued chanting ‘Ruto and hustler’ about 50 meters from where the opposition chief was addressing supporters.

Police lobbed teargas canisters at the youths to disperse them as they attempted to charge towards where Raila was addressing the crowd.

Raila’s chase car’s windscreen was smashed by the youths.

However, when there was calm, the former premier drummed up support for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) in Githurai, telling the youth not to be swayed by ‘wheelbarrow politics.’

Speaking during a roadside rally, Raila told the youth that most of the promises made by the Jubilee government are yet to be fulfilled eight years later.

The former Prime Minister highlighted the laptop project, jobs and building of stadia as some of the areas the government had failed to deliver despite basing its manifesto on development.

Raila accused Deputy President William Ruto, and asked the youth not to be fooled for a second time by buying the wheelbarrow narrative.

“They promised you 1million jobs. By now you should have 8million jobs…have you seen them?

“Some of our children are about to sit for KCPE exams but they are yet to see the laptops they were promised,” he said.

Adding: “Most of you are learned but now you are being promised wheelbarrows…Is that the kind of change you want?”

“BBI is not about me, it’s for a better Kenya which entails bringing stability and a peaceful working environment for any Kenyan without tribe or ethnicity,” the ODM leader said. 

Earlier, there were reports that a group of youth intended to disrupt the function but leaders who accompanied Raila during the tour maintained that Kenyans should not be divided along tribal lines.

“Kenya belongs to all of us and we have a right to hold a rally here,” said Embakasi East MP Babu Owino.

His sentiments were echoed by Siaya Senator James Orengo and Ruaraka MP Tom Kajwang.

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