Supporters allied to Governor Ann Waiguru and Woman representative Purity Wangui Ngirichi engaged in a shouting match outside all saints church Kianyaga, Kirinyaga county ahead of DP Ruto’s tour of the region on Sunday.
It was not immediately clear what caused the loud differences, but the 2022 General Election now pits the two women against each other in the race for the UDA ticket.
Police officers could be seen on video on Sunday, ahead of DP Ruto’s visit, ensuring that the palpable tension did not boil over.
Several videos that made rounds on Twitter showed several youth setting fire to Governor Anne Waiguru’s merchandise.
Long before the visit, the two women had released posters, welcoming the DP to Kirinyinga, with each jostling to make the loudest political statement.
The Deputy President received a raucous welcome from supporters of the two women leaders before heading into the church.
He also seized the moment to pose for a photo with the two woman leaders, perhaps declining to pick sides as the Kirinyaga politics heat up.
Inside the church DP Ruto sat in the middle, flanked on either side by Governor Waiguru and her political nemesis Wangui Ngirichi.
Tension was palpable on ground as hundreds of Waiguru and Ngirici’s supporters continued to confront each other along the Kianyaga-Kutus road where transport was paralysed for a while.
Ms Ngirici recently called out Governor Anne Waiguru accusing her of always copying her political moves.
And in her response, Waiguru said that UDA is a national political party where everyone is allowed to join.
“There is no party for individuals, a political party is for every Kenyan and UDA is for everyone,” Waiguru said.
She further urged Ngirici to be open to competition stating that it is the electorate who will determine their next leader.
The lawmaker has been a vocal critic of the governor and has declared interest in unseating Waiguru in next year’s election.
DP Ruto is expected to hold several rallies within the county on Sunday.
By Citizen Digital