Raila Thika rally ends in turmoil

RAILA ODINGA [PHOTO/COURTESY]

The National Super Alliance (NASA) campaign rally at Thika in Kiambu County ended in disarray Thursday afternoon, when supporters of the ruling Party, Jubilee, clashed with those of the Opposition, resulting in chaos that saw the police intervene.

Two of the NASA principals, led by Raila Odinga, who had convened their public meeting at Thika town, faced a difficult task trying to address the gathering that, at the time, had been infiltrated by supporters of the Jubilee Party, who had earlier attended a campaign rally at the nearby Thika Stadium.

Minutes after Raila Odinga had begun his address outside Thika Stadium – after touring Juakali and Makongeni areas –, rowdy Jubilee Party supporters began shouting him down.

Odinga tried to ignore the anti-NASA chants, but the jeering and heckling worsened.

The statement that broke the camel’s back came when Odinga said: “Hiyo ni macho tu ya chura; haiwezi kuzuia ng’ombe kunywa maji (The noise by Jubilee supporters were meaningless and that he (Odinga) would continue his address).

Irate Jubilee supporters, thereafter, hurled stones at the two NASA principals (Odinga and Mudavadi), forcing their security detail to whisk them to safety.

The NASA principals were bundled into their waiting cars and hastily driven off.

Police had to use teargas to break up a pandemonium caused by supporters of the two leading political formations.

Rapid Response Unit officers were immediately deployed to the scene.

During their earlier stopovers in Thika, the NASA team, led by Odinga, promised that, if they form government on August 8, they will lower the skyrocketing cost of living.

 

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