Police in Kwale County on Thursday afternoon lobbed teargas during a rally in Kinango township, dispersing a pro-Opposition crowd that had gathered before Mombasa Governor Ali Joho could address them.
The rally was organised by Kinango Constituency Parliamentary aspirant Benjamin Tayari – and Governor Joho was to grace the function.
The rally kicked off well, but when word went round that Mr Joho was to arrive in the next 15 minutes, police ordered the gathering to vacate the venue with immediate effect.
Opposition politicians, led by Mr Tayari, Msambweni MP Suleiman Dori and Kwale County Assembly Speaker Sammy Ruwa had lined up to receive Joho, but the meeting was aborted before it could gain traction.
Area OCPD, Lawrence Charo, said that there were directives “from above” for the meeting to be dispersed.
As soon as Joho’s chopper arrived at the Kinango Township, police lobbed teargas, inviting wrath of members of the public who chanted “Mvurya must go”.
The ODM supporters in Kwale blamed area Governor, Salim Mvurya, for the cancellation of the rally.
Reports claim Governor Mvurya had earlier booked the Kinango Township venue for a rally, prompting the ODM leadership in Kwale to take their rally to another venue.
Governor Mvurya is yet to respond to the above claims.