A Wiper Democratic Party rally on Friday aborted at Kasikeu market after angry youths stormed the venue and disrupted the meeting. During the fracas, Machakos Deputy governor Bernard Kiala, Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr and Makueni MP Daniel Maanzo among other local leaders, were forced to flee the venue after the rowdy youths took over the market as police watched from a distance.
The youths carried placards with messages directed at the Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka stating that they are in full support of Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua’s Maendeleo Chap Chap movement.
They were armed with crude weapons including whips, clubs and knives. The charged youths did not allow the leaders to address them and warned of dire consequences should the leaders fail to heed their demands.
They vented their anger on the dais that had been set up for the dignitaries in the Kalonzo entourage, destroying tents and chairs as the former Vice President supporters watched in disbelief.
The marauding youths expressed their concern about the way their Member of Parliament Regina Ndambuki was treated by some Wiper supporters during the party’s retreat at Maanzoni last week. Ndambuki was, along with nominated MP Robert Mutemi, thrown out of the meeting ostensibly for backing Mutua’s initiatives.
Attempts by the Wiper youths to reorganise the venue were thwarted by the Mutua supporters, who chased them away youths. This was the first stop for Wiper party in Makueni county with other rallies planned for Emali and Wote towns.
During the fracas, Kalonzo Musyoka had not arrived as the leaders on the ground were expecting him at the venue. Ndambuki is at loggerheads with Wiper Party after she was vilified for supporting governor Mutua’s Maendeleo Chap Chap ideology.
Traders at Kasikeu market condemned the wrangles between the political leaders, saying they were forced to close businesses, thereby incurring huge losses. Musyoka and Mutua are locked in a bruising battle for the control of the Ukambani vote bloc, a scenario that has caused a major rift between the two camps.
Kalonzo has organised rallies in different areas starting Friday, aimed at countering the successful ones by the Mutua camp. After the Kasikeu debacle, Kalonzo and his team proceeded to other venues in Emali and Wote townships. “They can pelt us with stones.They can go for their whips.
But we shall not be cowed,” Kalonzo said at Emali Town. Other leaders at the rally hit at Mutua, terming his ambitions misplaced. Makueni County Deputy Governor Adelina Mwau hit out at the Machakos Governor for “disrespecting his seniors”.
Kiala and Senator Muthama claimed Mutua was working at the behest of the Jubilee administration to divide the Kamba vote. Siaya Senator James Orengo and his Mombasa counterpart Omar Hassan Omar told Kalonzo not to be distracted by political amateurs in his backyard and instead concentrate his energies on national matters.