Hecklers disrupt Raila’s Elgeyo Marakwet rally
ODM leader Raila Odinga was on Friday, April 1, 2022, forced to cut short his speech at a roadside rally in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet county after a group of rowdy youths shouted him down.
Raila, who had engaged locals in a town hall meeting at Iten KMTC, was set to address a series of whistle-stop rallies in Iten town.
A group of rowdy youths incessantly shouted down the former premier as he made his speech. The hecklers, who were chanting 'UDA', could not heed calls by their governor Alex Tolgos who had accompanied the presidential hopeful.
Raila's point man in the region Kipkorir Menjo blamed the unfortunate incident on local UDA-leaning leaders. Menjo claimed that the youth were incited by UDA leaders to disrupt Raila's rally. He further beseeched Rift Valley residents to practice being politically tolerant and to allow presidential candidates to sell their agenda.
"This happened due to the influence of our opponents who do not want us to sell our agenda in the region. Voting is not taking place today, why send people to heckle us?" Menjo said.