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Woman in burial drama explains why she interrupted President Ruto’s speech

An elderly woman who caused a scene while President William Ruto was about to make his speech during the burial ceremony of Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua’s brother in Hiriga village, Nyeri County says she needs Sh400,000 for her son to travel abroad to look for a “well-paying” job.

Speaking after being whisked away by the president’s security team, Ms Lucy Wangui said she attended the burial just to get the opportunity ask for help from the president because she voted for him.

“When I heard the president was to attend the burial of the brother to the Deputy President, I grabbed the opportunity. I voted for the president and that’s why I am asking for help,” she told the media.

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Ms Wangui also said her son, who works as a tout in Nyeri town, needs to travel abroad to look for a better job.

The woman said that her son, John Gichohi, has three children who are at home due to huge school fees arrears.

“I came to ask for help from President Ruto. My son needs Sh400,000 so that my son can travel abroad,” she said.

She also said she had considered taking her own life because of her son’s situation.

“I wanted to take my life but I decided to seek help from the president. My son was to travel to abroad to look for employment as a driver but I couldn’t raise all the required money. I plead with the president to help me,” said Lucy.

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The woman, however, said that if her son is offered any job in Kenya, it will help him to raise his children.

During the incident, Ms Wangui made her bold move just when the president was about to begin his speech.

“Help me…Help me… please help me!” she shouted before she collapsed on ground.

The president responded by saying he will attend to her later.

“Mama Rachel (the First Lady) is here. She will attend to her. It’s okay. You will be sorted,” the president before making his speech.

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