Kenya: Odinga’s Marsabit rally marred by chaos blamed on sibling rivalry

Nairobi – Police were forced to fire tear gas at an Azimio rally in Marsabit on Thursday to disperse supporters of rival candidates who clashed, disrupting Raila Odinga’s campaign rally.

Chaos blamed on sibling rivalry was also seen in Moyale.

The rallies turned out to be a shouting match between supporters of UPIA Movement party leader Ukur Yatani and United Democratic Movement (UDM) Mohamud Ali who is seeking to retake the county seat for a second term.

It all came down to when Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani had the opportunity to address the gathering.

But as soon as he took the microphone, rival supporters began throwing stones at the podium, prompting the police to intervene.

Bodyguards struggled to shield leaders including Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua as gunfire ripped through the air.

Some of the supporters could be seen throwing rocks at each other while others tackled those waving posters and placards.

This forced Odinga and other leaders to move their campaigns to Marsabit town after the fracas.

Before Yattani was invited to speak, Governor Mohamud Ali had the opportunity to address the gathering amid shouts from the crowd.

“Wachana na hao wachache wameagizwa kupiga kelele. Sisi tunajua kucheza mchezo ya kweli. Wakati ikifika tunajua vile tunacheza. will play us),” he said.

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