Angry residents of Thika Town took to the streets protesting against Deputy President William Ruto and his brigade who visited the town on Sunday for making disparaging remarks against President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Their protest paralysed the town for hours as they walked along major roads in the town, causing traffic snarl-ups.

The disgruntled residents claimed Ruto and his team threw slurs at Uhuru who they said was their political kingpin for drumming support for Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga to succeed him.

The protestors traversed Thika Town, chanting Anti-Ruto slogans expressing their disapproval of his actions.

They said the president deserves to be respected and has the democratic right to choose any political outfit to support.

“Our spokesperson from this region has a right to join any political vehicle, as that is his democratic right. It is very wrong for leaders to stand in public and abuse a president elected by all Kenyans,” their representative said.

They challenged Ruto to adopt an agenda-based campaign strategy instead of incitement.

They also affirmed their support for Uhuru and his decision as he leads them.

“As our President did, Ruto should adopt agenda-based campaigns instead of hiring our leaders to incite the people through non-existent claims. We are behind our president and whichever direction he shows us, we will follow without questioning,” they said.

At the same time, the residents apologised to Uhuru on behalf of Thika and the Mount Kenya region as a whole for the utterances their leaders made.