Rowdy youths dis­rupt Awiti’s Sun­day rally

One per­son lost sev­eral teeth in en­su­ing fight. Po­lice fired twice to re­store or­der

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast - ERNEST CORENEL @Oduor­ernest

Chaos broke out on Sun­day dur­ing Nyali MP Hezron Awiti’s rally in Maweni Grounds. Four armed AP of­fi­cers fired twice to dis­perse 20 rowdy youths who at­tempted to at­tack him.

Awiti blamed Mom­basa Gover­nor Has­san Joho. The MP will run for Mom­basa gover­nor next year.

“Why use other peo­ple’s sons to cause chaos? It is dis­re­spect­ful of you,” Awiti said. The Nyali MP said he is a peace-lov­ing leader and will not dis­rupt his ri­vals’ meet­ings.

Awiti was about to ad­dress his sup­port­ers when the youths struck. His se­cu­rity swiftly shielded him as ten­sion built up. The youths pelted the as­pi­rant’s cars with stones.

One of the youths lost sev­eral teeth af­ter he was at­tacked by Awiti’s sup­port­ers. Awiti said, “The gover­nor paid them to cause tur­moil.”

There were al­le­ga­tions the youths were paid Sh1,000 each. Sev­eral ar­rests were made. Joho nei­ther con­firmed nor de­nied the al­le­ga­tions. His aide Richard Chacha said he did not wish to com­ment. Af­ter the meet­ing, Awiti walked to Mamba Vil­lage Com­plex, three kilo­me­tres away.

He said he wanted to prove no one can harm him be­cause his sup­port­ers pro­tect him.

Most of Awiti’s pub­lic meet­ings in Nyali have been dis­rupted by peo­ple he calls hired goons.

The leg­is­la­tor sen­sa­tion­ally claimed Joho paid his two body­guards and a driver Sh200,000 to as­sas­si­nate him.

Awiti said he has ev­i­dence to back his claim. The Star could not in­de­pen­dently verify this and the gover­nor’s of­fice did not com­ment.

Awiti said at­tempts to kill him are like a pass­ing cloud that will not dis­tract him from his course. “You have threat­ened me for so long. I’m warn­ing you, face me soberly,” Awiti said.

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