Rowdy youth stone DP William Ruto's convoy in Kisumu

Police were deployed to restore normalcy in Kondele Ward, Kisumu Central Sub-County. [Harold Odhiambo, Standard]

A crowd has disrupted Deputy President William Ruto’s Wednesday tour of Kondele Ward in Kisumu Central Sub-County. Ruto is in Kisumu to sell his presidential agenda. 

As he passed through Kondele, some youth pelted his convoy with stones. Police officers in at least four Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles were deployed to the scene to restore normalcy.

When Ruto was addressing the crowd from his vehicle’s sunroof, a section of rowdy youth then started heckling him. The DP was forced to cut short his speech which had lasted barely five minutes.

Police engaged the youth in running battles, with teargas hurled to disperse the crowd. Some of the youth were chanting pro-ODM leader Raila Odinga slogans.

Migori Governor Okoth Obado is among the leaders who have accompanied Ruto on his tour of Kisumu.

Ruto had earlier made successful addresses on Obote Road and Jua Kali in Kisumu Central.

DP William Ruto was warmly received in Jua Kali in Kisumu Central earlier Wednesday. [Courtesy]

In his speech, the DP urged the residents to vote for him in the 2022 presidential election, saying he was the best bet to economically elevate the low and middle-income earners in the country.