President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Mandera meeting turns chaotic
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto’s campaigns in Mandera turned chaotic after supporters of Governor Ali Roba clashed with those of his gubernatorial opponent, Hassan Noor.
Reports indicate that supporters of Jubilee Candidate, Governor Roba, engaged in a war of words with Economic Freedom Party’s (EFP) candidate, Hassan Noor, leading to the chaos.
Several people are reported to have sustained injuries and rushed to different health centres for medical attention.
Police were forced to intervene by lobbying teargas canisters in the air to disperse the clashing factions.
The Garre Council of Elders in Mandera County has on numerous occasions accused the Jubilee Party of going against the community wishes to choose their own candidates through negotiated democracy.
In August last year, the Council of Elders introduced a model of rotational leadership that blocks sub-clans in the community from holding one political seat for more than a single term.
Governor Roba, Senator Billow Kerrow and a couple of MPs were expected to step down and not vie in the coming August polls, according to the negotiated democracy, with only the Senator agreeing to do so.
The orchestrators of the negotiated democracy, elders from Mandera County, were forced to re-launch their own party, EFP, after it occurred to them that many leaders led by Governor Roba, who joined Jubilee, will not heed to the agreement.
The move has been the center of disdain between the two rival groups, with Hassan Noor supporters, who also enjoys the backing of elders, accusing the Governor of betraying the community.
However, President Kenyatta and his Deputy were able to continue with their campaigns in Mandera and Wajir Counties, insisting that the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) wants to sabotage the August 8 polls having sensed early defeat.