The two sworn political rivals who are also seen as possible opponents in the 2022 presidential race were attending the burial of Abel Gongera, father to Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi.
But the event took a chaotic turn when South Mugirango MP Sylvanus Osoro, a Ruto ally, took to the podium to stop Simba Arati (Dagoretti North) from bashing Ruto, which saw the event turn violent, with Osoro being floored.
Ruto and Raila’s bodyguards immediately surrounded the two leaders to protect them, as others prevented Osoro from attacking Arati, who was being seen receiving warnings that his remarks could cause chaos before it actually broke out.
“We have several leaders here in the company of our deputy president who have a tainted life. These are fraudsters who should not be allowed to take up any leadership position,” said the staunch supporter of Raila, according to The Standard.
Arati was after the incident forced to leave the event, with the same befalling Osoro, with Maangi taking charge, before inviting his boss; Governor James Ongwae, who criticized the two leaders for resorting to exchanging blows publicly.
Ruto, when he took the podium, used the chance to drum up support for his Hustler narrative, with Raila maintaining that he was rigged out in the 2017 presidential race, which, according to him, he won.
“The Gusii people voted for me overwhelmingly. Chief Justice (David) Maraga’s team looked at the votes and found out they were stolen,” he is quoted.