Funeral Fight: In what was the launch of a scathing attack on Deputy President William Ruto on Monday, Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati sparked a fist fight after he launched during the funeral of Mzee Abel Gongera (father to Kisii DGJoash Maangi).
The legislator who spoke at the event told off the DP over his dynasty narrative.
“Kuna narrative ya dynasty Kenya hii. Ndugu yangu Gachagwa amesema hapa vizuri sana….kwamba MCAs walihongwa na milioni mbili. Kwani sisi wabunge tunahongwa na milioni saba kwa car grant?
Si tunapewa milioni saba na tunakula mshahara ya milioni moja? Sasa wacha hii porojo ndogo ndogo ya kuambia watu eti kwamba MCAs…wacha hiyo biashara,” he said.
He continued: “Kitu ya pili…na mniskize vizuri…hatuwezi sema kwamba kuna mambo ya dynasty na kuna kabila mbili ambazo zimeongoza yetu. Moi aliongoza kwa miaka 24, wakikuyu wameongoza kwa miaka 35. Tena mtuambie kwamba tugeuke, tupatie mkale kwa miaka kumi? Apana! Biashara kama hiyo hatuwezi!”
Before trying to quell the disturbance, but Arati continued talking, ignoring mourners who were chanting “Ruto!Ruto”. DP Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga who were seated in the front row did not attempt to stop the legislator from speaking.
Arati then addressed the DP directly saying: “Mheshimiwa Ruto, the Deputy President, huwezi tembea hapa Kisii…sisi kama wakisii hatuwezi kuwa kwamba watu ambao unatembea na wao…it’s not our face…unatembea na wezi, wash wash…hawa watu ndio unataka unatembea na wao around. Unataka tufanye nini?”
The lawmaker cited the 2007/8 post election skirmishes where over 1000 people were killed, in a relentless assault on Dr. Ruto.
“Omba msamaha hapa sasa. Omba msamaha kwa watu wetu ambao walikufa kule Rift Valley,” he said.
It is then that South Mugirango MP Sylvanus Osoro ran to the podium and began exchanging blows with Arati.
In a flurry of fists and kicks with photos shared on social media on Monday afternoon, the two legislators went for each other’s neck. As Kisii Governor James Ongwae attempted to call the meeting to order, the fight forced the ceremony to come to a standstill.
Fortunately, the funeral continued as earlier planned as the two MPs were later escorted from of the podium by security officers.