Standoff at funeral in Kisii as MPs Osoro, Arati exchange blows

Standoff at funeral in Kisii as MPs Osoro, Arati exchange blows

A funeral in Kisii came to a halt momentarily after MPs Simba Arati and Sylvanus Osoro exchanged blows.

Photos shared on social media on Monday afternoon showed the two legislators going at it in a flurry of fists and kicks.

The fight forced the ceremony to come to a stand still as Kisii Governor James Ongwae attempted to call the meeting to order.

They had disrupted the funeral of Abel Gongera, father to Kisii DGJoash Maangi.

— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) February 1, 2021

Reports say Arati-the Dagoretti North MP had attacked the DP Ruto-led hustler movement and in turn, got booed by a section of the audience.

South Mugirango MP Osoro who was in attendance rushed to the podium and attempted to grab the microphone from Arati, sparking the fisticuffs.

Among those in attendance at the funeral were ODM leader Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto.

The two were thereafter escorted from of the podium by security officers.

 

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