Isaac Ruto

Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto is set to be flown to South Africa to receive specialized treatment for injuries on his face.

The Governor reportedly sustained a cut on the face after being hit by a tear gas canister following a clash with police officers on Sunday.

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He will now leave the country on Tuesday morning to get a better check on the injuries after being airlifted on Monday to a Nairobi hospital where he spent the better part of the day bedridden.

On arrival at the Wilson Airport in Nairobi, Governor Ruto told reporters that police officers attacked and lobbed canisters directly at him hitting under his eye.

He said he went to Silibwet stadium after receiving reports that police officers were harassing and arresting his supporters who were playing a football match.

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Upon arrival, he sought to find out why his supporters were arrested and asked for them to be released.

The ensuing argument between the police officers and the governor and his supporters prompted the officers to lob tear gas canisters into the crowd, with one hitting him directly.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga visited Isaac Ruto in hospital in Nairobi and condemned the actions of the police officers.

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He went on to say that the attack was an act of intimidation being employed by the Jubilee run government.

”The country must not be allowed to recede into the era of primitive use of State resources for the protection of partisan and illegal political interests,” said Odinga.

”Going by the trend, we have reason to believe things will take more ominous turn as we get closer to elections and as Jubilee comes under greater scrutiny. It must not be allowed to be the shape of our politics and public life again. We have been here before and we must never go there again.” He added.