Police had to move in swiftly to rescue several members of parliament after rowdy youths stormed their meeting.
Anti-riot police squad had to lob teargas canisters into the air to disperse the rowdy youth who has stormed Garissa Township Primary School where Team Embrace had camped to drum up support for unity and the handshake pact between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.
Intelligence reports had indicated that there were plans to disrupt the rally due to local politics and the battle for regional supremacy pitting Governor Ali Korane and National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale, who is also the local MP.
Trouble started shortly after the more than 10 legislators landed, taking the dusty town by storm when the youths invaded the venue for the meeting.
Anti-riot police who were on high alert responded immediately to restore normalcy.
High voltage politics
The event proceeded without further disruptions with the speakers calling for an end to the high voltage politics.
Likoni MP Mishi Mboko who was among the leaders present affirmed that “Sisi tuko hapa, hatuna vita na mtu, lakini hatutishiki, hatubabaishwi (We are here but we are neither scared nor worried of anyone”.
“Tumetoka uchaguzi juzi, tunataka kwanza tufanye kazi, wananchi wapate manufaa ya kazi, ndiyo tuendelee na mambo ya uchaguzi ikifika 2022(We came from elections just the other day, it is time to work wnd let Kenyans see our work before we delve into politics come 2022).” Added Homa Bay Woman Rep Gladys Wanga.
Below is a video of the rally, courtesy of Citizen TV.