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Bomet Governor injured during clash with police

isaac-ruto-governorNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 7- Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto was on Monday airlifted to Nairobi for specialized treatment following injuries he sustained during a scuffle between his supporters and police officers.

The Governor has documented the chronology of the events on his Twitter account where he blames security forces of hitting him before they lobbed teargas on his supporters.

He sustained serious injuries on the face, and was seen bandaged on his right eye during an interview with KTN News on Monday. “I am much better now,” he said “but I still don’t understand why police acted that way.”

The Governor said he had responded to calls from his supporters who claimed that they were being harassed during a football tournament also attended by Jubilee leaders at Silibwet stadium.

“Some boda boda riders even made the short journey to where I was worshiping to raise the same complaints,” he said of the incident. “They were complaining of harassment from police at the football event and others had been arrested on suspicion that they were my supporters.”

He said he was attacked when he rushed tried to establish why his supporters were being harassed.

“My objective was to see the police officer in charge at the event, ask him to release the arrested youths and to stop harassing spectators but the officers I approached did not divulge who was in charge. I asked them nonetheless to release the youths and to stop harassing them and that is when we were attacked,” he later told journalists.

But police have defended their action, insisting that they acted to separate the rival groups which intended to cause chaos but they have not commented on allegations that they roughed up the Governor who has been campaigning for his Mashinani Party.

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