On Thursday, July 13, shots were fired, literally, and so was teargas, forcing the National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate Raila Odinga to flee a rally in Thika town.
Armed with stones and clubs, youths heckled the former Prime Minister before pelting stones at him and his entourage.
Things turned agree in a matter of seconds and police were forced to lob teargas canisters to disperse the rowdy crowd that was chanting pro Jubilee slogans; “Tano Tena” and “Tuko Pamoja”. The Opposition leader was forced to abruptly end his speech and speed off from the area.
Yesterday was the second day, in a row, Raila was forced to cut short his address during his campaign trail. On Wednesday, July 12, Raila who is seeking presidency after three failed previous bids, was forced to abandon his rally in Kabarnet after Jubilee supporters heckled him and his colleagues.
The Kabarnet JP supporters later said they were doing so because Raila’s supporters disrupted Uhuru’s meeting in Kisumu on Wednesday.
After leaving Thika, Raila made a stop in Githurai, but he was again forced to leave unceremoniously after facing hostility from Jubilee supporters who also pelted stones at his motorcade. Again, cops on the ground and bodyguards were forced shoot in the air to wade of the irate youths.
Thika residents who spoke to journalists said theirs was also a case of tit for tat. That it was an act of retaliation after President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto were heckled in Kisumu during the launch of the 17billion EABL project.
“They did the same to Jubilee leaders in Kisumu. They are the ones who started this. They are to blame. It’s tit for tat,” an unidentified resident said as quoted in the Star.