Kenol violence: Politicians ferried, paid gangs to fight

A police officer confronts a man following the chaos in Kenol town on October 4, 2020.

Photo credit: Jopseph Kanyi | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Since the war for the soul of the Jubilee Party began, Murang’a, which is in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s political backyard, is where the ugly face of this battle has been exposed the most.
  • One political group ferried youth from Wetethie and Kiandutu slums in neighbouring Thika while the other brought goons from Mwiki, Githurai, Kasarani, Kayole and Kibera.
  • Despite presence of the police, the gang was so determined to cause chaos that, on arrival, it immediately lit tyres on the roads at Kenol.

Politicians from both Tangatanga and Kieleweke factions of Jubilee Party ferried youth from as far as Nairobi to Murang’a in anticipation of chaos during Deputy President William Ruto’s event only to find a ground that was waiting to explode.  

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