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Kenyan governor injured by teargas canister fired by police



Kenyan governor injured by teargas canister fired by police

Isaac Ruto, the governor of Bomet in Kenya was airlifted to a hospital in Nairobi to seek treatment after he almost lost his right eye when he was hit by a teargas canister fired by a police officer during a confrontation.

According to reports, trouble started when a football match between Bunge FC and Silibwet FC was disrupted after supporters of Governor Ruto and National Assembly Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso clashed at Silibwet sports ground.

The clash was sparked when Ruto who was escorted by youth chanting Chama Cha Mashinani slogans entered the sports ground which irked supporters of the Sotik MP leading to the confrontation.

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Reports say the warring factions also engaged the police hurling stones at them and some of them were arrested but an argument later ensued between Governor Ruto and police officers.

Scores of youths also joined Governor Ruto in the argument and in a bid to disperse the crowd; police fired teargas to disperse the youths but unfortunately, one canister hit Ruto below his right eye.

Ruto who sustained a deep cut in his right eye was later whisked out of the sports ground by his security personnel.



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