Monday, May 27, 2024

Joho, ODM leaders heckled, stoned in Mpeketoni

Residents chant slogans as they protest along the streets after unidentified gunmen recently attacked and killed 48 people in Mpeketoni, Lamu county./Reuters

ODM team led by deputy Party leader Hassan Joho had to scamper for safety after youths in Mpeketoni, Lamu hurled stones and unripe mangoes at them.

The youths shouting Jubilee slogans said they did not want to be addressed by the ODM leaders.

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Mpeketoni is in Lamu West whose MP is Julius Ndegwa and is dominated by members of the Kikuyu community.

Ndegwa recently joined Jubilee. He was elected on a Kenya National Congress party ticket.

“I was covering the event live on my facebook account until this happened and I decided to go for cover and cut short the live coverage,” said a source who witnessed the chaos.

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Joho, who has been leading several ODM rallies at the Coast had just landed with his chopper at a nearby primary school.

The hostile youths had sacks of stones and unripe mangoes.

“When we got to the market the youth started raising their hands to make the Jubilee sign,” the witness said.

When Joho arrived at the market and saw the tension he asked for a microphone in a bid to calm the crowd down.

Shortly after, the youths started hurling the unripe mangoes and stones at the leaders, smashing some car windows.

Politician Rishad Amana, who is the Lamu ODM point man, told the Star they were ‘beaten and not given a chance to speak’.

“They have beaten us. They have damaged our cars and injured our security people,” said Amana on phone.

“They have made Mpeketoni theirs. This is a very clear message they have given us,” said Amana.

“We had not even spoken. We had just arrived with our cars and they started hurling stones at us. Why? We will take legal action against them,” said Amana.

The Star could not independently verify reports that there were some people who were injured in the fracas.

Earlier, the Joho-led ODM brigade had toured Mokowe, Hindi, Mkunumbi, Ndamwe, and Mapenya areas.

After the fracas, they proceeded to Witu where they condemned the violence.

Joho is accompanied by Governors Amason Kingi (Kilifi) and John Mruttu (Taita Taveta). Also present were MPs Abdulswamad Nassir (Mvita), Rashid Bedzimba (Kisauni), Thomas Mwadeghu (Wundanyi), Mishi Mboko (Mombasa county), Willy Mtengo (Malindi) and Rishad Amana, who is the ODM point man in Lamu and is eyeing the Lamu West MP seat


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