Let your leaders campaign freely, rowdy youth told

Water CS Eugene Wamalwa has condemned the heckling of President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA’s Raila Odinga this week.

“It’s the constitutional right of every leader to go to every corner and county in this country to ask for votes and sell their policies peacefully and freely,” he said on Thursday.

Uhuru and Deputy President William Ruto on Tuesday were forced to cut their Kisumu tour short after youths began chanting anti-Jubilee and pro-NASA slogans. This happened when Ruto got up to address the rally.

That same day Raila and Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto were heckled in Kabarnet. Raila and his co-principals was also heckled in Thika on Thursday. Police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd.

Wamalwa warned politicians who ply youth with alcohol and pay them to disrupt opponents’ rallies that the law will not spare them.

He spoke at Sangalo Technical Training Institute during the launch of a Sh500 million irrigation scheme financed by the Egyptian government.

The project is aimed at ending the sugarcane shortage.

It will be implemented with Nzoia Sugar Company, which has given 100 acres for the irrigation scheme.

“I humbly appeal to the youths that despite your political differences, let no one dupe you by inducing you to [disrupt] rallies, you will be arrested, jailed, hurt or even killed,” he said.

The CS was accompanied by Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka, Egyptian Minister for Water and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Ati, Bungoma senator candidate Juma Mukhwana and Kanduyi MP candidate John Mukoche.

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