President Uhuru Kenyatta’s rally in Isiolo was on Saturday, May 20, disrupted after supporters of three gubernatorial candidates clashed.
One person died in the incident after he was allegedly shot by the police a few kilometers from Isiolo town. It is said the deceased was a supporter of Jubilee Party gubernatorial hopeful Abdul Bahari.
According to Isiolo County Referral Hospital lead doctor, Stephen Kiluva, the deceased, Mohammed Huka, 21, was pronounced dead on arrival at the facility.
Another man reportedly sustained head injuries following the fracas.
During the rally held at Isiolo Stadium, supporters of Abdul Bahari (Jubilee), Governor Godana Doyo (Party for Democracy and Reforms – PDR) and Senator Mohamed Kuti (independent candidate), all who are in the gubernatorial race, engaged in a shouting match with each faction threatening to rough up the opponents.
The supporters shut down National Assembly Majority Leader, Aden Duale, and area Member of Parliament, Joseph Samal, who pleaded with them to calm down and listen to the President’s address.
The President, however, made his speech despite the rowdy youth before the rally ended pre-maturely. Nobody else was allowed to address the gathering.
President Kenyatta called upon the residents to shun divisive politics and embrace each other regardless of tribe, religion or clan.
He hit out at politicians who are out to divide Kenyans along ethnic lines for their own selfish interests.
He asked the people of Isiolo to vote for him on August 8 when Kenyans go to the ballot to install new leaders.
The President urged the three candidates; Doyo, Kuti and Bahari to remain steadfast in their support for Jubilee’s re-election, promising that those who lose will be offered other jobs in the next government.
He asked Kenyans to embrace democracy and refrain from being wooed by leaders who threaten others in order to have their way, calling on Kenyans to respect each other even as the campaigns get more intense as days go by.
The gubernatorial race in Isiolo has attracted six candidates including Abdul Bahari (Jubilee), Governor Godana Doyo (Party for Democracy and Reforms – PDR) and Senator Mohamed Kuti (independent candidate), deputy governor Mohamed Guleid (Chama cha Mashinani), Adan Kabelo (ODM) and Anwar Kassim (Maendeleo Chap Chap).