Shots were fired as chaos led to chaos at Raila’s rally in Mombasa


Supporters of the unified resolution in the land of Makumani in Mombasa. [Omondi Onyango,Standard]

Gunshots filled the air as the ugly rivalry erupted between the two brothers at the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance in Mombasa yesterday ahead of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga at a rally in Makumani in Nyali yesterday.

This is after the former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko stormed The assembly is minutes after Raila and other leaders arrive. Mr. Sonko is vying for the seat of the Governor of Mombasa for a Wiper ticket.

But Sonko’s efforts to approach the stage were stopped by rioters who stoned his car and forced him to flee. A person was reportedly injured after being hit by a speeding vehicle.

It was not clear who fired in the air as Sonko’s car was prevented from reaching the scene. Two women were injured in a stampede that followed.

ODM leaders led by MP Mvita Abdul Samad Nasir, who is also vying for the governor’s position, announced that the march had moved from the historic Tononoka lands to Makumani in what was seen as a move to avoid chaos.

Raila stayed out of the chaos and seemingly growing rivalry between supporters of Sonko and Nasser.

Vice President William Ruto was criticized over his promise to return freight and logistics from Nairobi and Naivasha to Mombasa.

In an agreement signed between Ruto and Kilifi Governor Amason Kenji, DPs committed to rescinding most of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive on port services within 100 days.

Raila said that Roto is trying to deceive voters in the region and that he should take the blame for the problems that bother them.

Raila said the high cost of the Standard Railway (SGR), which was built during the Jubilee era, is one of the reasons why the government introduced a policy forcing importers to use SGR to Nairobi and Naivasha.

“Some Jubilee leaders inflated the cost of building the SGR which was higher than we had planned with the late President Mwai Kibaki. We know they inflated the figure to steal what was above what we had planned to use in building the railway,” Raila said.

The former prime minister accused an unnamed person The political jubilee of inflation The cost of creating a Saudi riyal made it difficult to repay the loan.

However, Raila said that when elected he will close loopholes used to steal public funds.

Raila promised to bring in Chinsei investors to set up factories and a special economic zone starting in Dongo Kondo to ensure that the goods currently imported would be available locally.

Speaking to the rally, Kitui Governor Charity Njilu criticized Sonko for showing disrespect for Raila by storming his rally.

“Shame on Sonko, he should take such behavior to other people but not Raila Odinga, who is a respected leader in the country,” said Ngello.

Kenya’s NARC leader Martha Karua and Muranga’s deputy, Sabina Chege, assured Raila that they would not complain if they were not selected for the vice presidency.

“I wouldn’t complain if you didn’t choose me as your vice presidential candidate,” Karua said.

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