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Kenya: After an attack on Ruto’s motorcade, are 2022 polls shaping up to be violent?

By Son Gatitu
Posted on Tuesday, 23 November 2021 17:33

Kenya Elections
Uhuru Kenyatta, left, and William Ruto, in Bomas, Nairobi, Kenya, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/ Sayyid Abdul Azim)

On 10 November, the campaign motorcade belonging to Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto was attacked in Kisumu, a western county on the shores of Lake Victoria. It was a bad day for Ruto who had just had a smooth run across the country for weeks, in his quest to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta. However, the blame game that followed amongst the political class and security organs could threaten peace for a country that has known its fair share of deadly election aftermaths.

Ruto was on his second day of a tour of the larger Nyanza region, the political backyard of Raila Odinga – his fiercest opponent for the 2022 presidential contest.

Upon reaching his final stop in Kisumu, at a place called Kondele, all hell broke loose. The deputy president, who stood through the sunroof of his official car, had a hard time addressing the rowdy crowd.