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Raila visits injured Governor Ruto at city hospital – PHOTOS

Opposition leader Raila Odinga on Monday visited Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto at the Nairobi Hospital where he had been admitted after being hit on the face by a teargas canister in Bomet during a protest.

Governor Ruto was airlifted to Nairobi at 8am and taken to Nairobi Hospital where he is admitted for treatment.

Speaking to Nairobi News on his hospital bed on Monday morning, Mr Ruto said doctors were set to conduct more examinations to establish the extent of the injury both on his cheek and on his eye.

PHOTO | COURTESY
PHOTO | COURTESY

“I am experiencing a lot of pain on the face but I am sure it will be managed,” Mr Ruto, whose right cheek was bandaged, said.

A statement sent by the Council of Governors through the office of communications in Bomet County said that the governor had tried to intervene in asking police officers to release youth they had arrested when things turned chaotic and police lobbed teargas canisters that hit the governor on his left eye.

“He was attending a church service at Njerian AGC, Silibwet Township Ward, when he received text messages of complaints from youths attending a football match at Silibwet stadium.

PHOTO | GEOFFREY RONO
PHOTO | GEOFFREY RONO

“The youth complained that they had been arrested by the police while others were being harassed at the stadium,” the statement indicated.