Police have approved two public meetings to be presided over by Deputy President William Ruto in Nyamira on Thursday.
The meetings were earlier cancelled due to security reasons and COVID-19 concerns, sparking outrage from his supporters and a section of leaders who accused the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai for discrimination.
The letter addressed to West Mugirango MP Vincent Kemosi, Nyamira South police Commander Mohamed Sasura approved theboda bodafundraising that had been outlawed.
The event will be held at Sironga sports ground.
“Take note that you will be in compliance with the advisory directives by National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC) and adhere to the Public Order Act Chapter 56, and adherence to health protocols in regard to Covid-I9,” read part of the letter.
He ordered for a close working relation between the conveners of the event and police officers on the ground to ensure that law and order is maintained.
“You will be held responsible for any acts of lawlessness and disorder that may arise,” he said.
Nyamira County OCS Elam Esendi has also approved a church fundraising for the Seventh Day Adventist Church at Miriri in Nyamarambe area.
Ruto is the guest of honour at both meetings.
On Monday, Ruto protested against cancellation of his meetings while those presided over by ODM Leader raila ODinga were always allowed.
On Sunday, Raila hosted Kikuyu Council of Elders at his Bondo home in what was termed as an endorsement of his 2022 presidential bid.
Ruto’s church meeting in Mumias was also cancelled on Sunday.
“It is unfortunate that police cordoned off the venues of Kakamega church functions last weekend while allowing others to go on uninterrupted, “said Ruto.
The cancellations followed new directives by the National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC) which requires organisers of public meetings to first notify and get clearance from the local police.
Ruto supporters have termed the move as ill motivated and aim at curtailing his 2022 presidential bid.