Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki  has ordered hecklers in political gatherings to be arrested and charged.
While on tour to Kericho County, Kindiki ordered security agencies to move swiftly and rein in on disorder during political meetings.
This comes after heckling incidents were reported in Kericho County where the president William Ruto was visiting in regards to development matters.

“The security team is also tasked to rein in on incidents of disorderly conduct in political meetings, conclude investigations and apprehend the organisers, financiers and perpetrators of hooliganism in the County, regardless of their political or social standing,” Kindiki said.

Kericho Governor Eric Mutai among others  during the tour was met with heckles from a section of residents, who reportedly staged a hostile reception against targeted speakers who accompanied President Ruto.

This action prompted Ruto to urge residents to exercise their power off the ballot in the oncoming 2027 elections.

The head of state asked for a calm and political tolerance during the event.

In a bid to tame the recent wrangles in Kericho, CS Kindiki met with Kericho County Security and Intelligence Committee led by County Commissioner Gabriel Kitiyo, to discuss the measures to take to reduce if not put to a total stop heckling during political forums.

Kindiki also met with the leaders to discuss the nationwide crackdown on manufacture, distribution, sale and consumption of illicit liquor, narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

Speaking on Sunday in Kapsabet, DP Rigathi Gachagua also condemned heckling during political meetings terming it as shameful and disdainful for leaders to make President Ruto a laughingstock as they publicly fight for supremacy in the region in the presence of the Head of State.

Kindiki’s directive came a day after Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua read the riot act to Rift Valley leaders, asking them to refrain from internal conflicts and prioritize public service.

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