The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leaders, among them Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, ran for dear life after youths in Mpeketoni in Lamu, hurled stones and unripe mangoes at them.
The youths who were shouting Jubilee slogans demanded not to be addressed by the Orange party leaders.
Mpeketoni is in Lamu West and its Member of Parliament is Julius Ndegwa and the Kikuyu is the dominant community. The legislator who was elected on a Kenya National Congress ticket, recently joined Jubilee.
“I was covering the event live on my Facebook account until this happened and I decided to go for cover and cut short the live coverage,” an eyewitness said.
Joho who is also ODM’s deputy leader, has been crisscrossing the Coast holding several rallies and his chopper had just landed at a nearby primary school.
“When we got to the market the youth started raising their hands to make the Jubilee sign,” the witness said as quoted by the Star.
All hell broke loose when Joho arrived at the market. After noticing the tension, he asked for a microphone in a bid to pacify the situation.
But shortly after, youths who had sacks of stones and unripe mangoes, started hurling them at the leaders, smashing some car windows.
“We were beaten and not given a chance to speak.” Politician Rishad Amana, the Lamu ODM point man, said as published by the paper.
“They have beaten us. They have damaged our cars and injured our security people,” he added.
After the fracas, the ODM leaders proceeded to Witu where they criticised the violence.
In tow were Governors Amason Kingi (Kilifi) and John Mruttu (Taita Taveta).
MPs Abdulswamad Nassir (Mvita), Rashid Bedzimba (Kisauni), Thomas Mwadeghu (Wundanyi), Mishi Mboko (Mombasa county), Willy Mtengo (Malindi) were also present.
Rishad Amana is eyeing the Lamu West MP seat.
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