Three rebel Rift Valley legislators were treated to a hostile reception during a fundraiser held at Lelmokwo in Chesumei Constituency.
Nandi Hills Member of Parliament (MP) Alfred Ketter, Kapseret MP Oscar Sudy and Johana Ng’eno of Emurua Dikkir had a rough time addressing thousands of Lelmokwo-Ngechek ward residents, who had turned up for an harambee in aid of the late Nandi Deputy Speaker Hesbon Meto’s medical bill.
The trio, who only managed to get less than a minute each to give a word of condolence to the family of the late area Member of County Assembly, passed their messages of condolences to the family, friends and relatives of the late Metto and excused themselves in a huff after reading hostile mood on the ground.
This was due to their perceived rebellion to Deputy President William Ruto, who is leading a campaign to dissolve Jubilee Alliance parties to form the Jubilee Alliance Party of Kenya (JPK).
Ruto’s bid to dissolve the United Republican Party (URP) has been met with rebellion, especially with controversial Ketter leading other perceived rebels to campaign for a KANU candidate in the Kericho Senatorial seat.
The irate residents who spoke to the media said Ketter and his allies were spearheading the rebellion of the South Rift against the DP, adding that they believe the DP’s efforts of uniting Kenyans through JPK was a reality and unstoppable.
Their latest move seems not to have gone down well with Lelmokwo residents, who said they were fully behind the Deputy President.
The Nandi Hills legislator was treated to chants of ‘go and vie in Kericho’, ‘stop meddling with the affairs of Nandi County’, which forced him and his colleagues to flee with the aid of armed policemen to a waiting helicopter.
Nandi Senator Stephen Sang and Women Representative Zipporah Kering kept off politics during their speeches with Senator Sang passing a message of condolence from Deputy President William Ruto. He also presented Kshs 300, 000 from Ruto and his personal donation of Kshs 100,000 to be used for the funeral expenses.
Sang and Kering described the late Metto as hard working and one of the best minds among the elected MCA’s in Nandi.
“Metto and I participated in civic education during the campaigns for the new constitution and we have lost a very resourceful person,” mourned Sang.
Kering said she was educated by the late’s father, late Stanley Metto, who served as Mosop MP.
“I have lost a close family friend, and we will truly miss Metto,” said Kering.
The funeral is scheduled to take place on Friday and is expected to be attended by the Deputy President.