28 December 2012

Kenya: Snake Disrupts Campaign Rally in Kilifi

A rally organised by Fisheries Development minister Amason Kingi at the Rea Vipingo Grounds was on Monday disrupted after a snake crawled into the main dais.

The incident, which occurred at around 3pm, forced all the guests seated at the dais, including the minister and retired Justice Stewart Madzayo, to run for safety. Others got on top of the tables as the crowd tried to kill the serpent.

The snake appeared from the crowd and made its way into the dais as efforts by the crowd to kill it bore no fruits. The crowd killed the snake as bodyguards shielded the minister.

The meeting was the first public rally to be convened by the minister since his attack in Mtwapa by panga wielding youth believed to be members of the Mombasa Republican Council.

The October attack left four people dead, including Kingi's body guard. Kingi dismissed the incident saying it was a normal occurence. He however said it could be a way to frustrate his interest in the seat.

"When I saw the crowd running and shouting, it reminded me of the Mtwapa incident. This, I guess was just a snake that was probably minding its business but all the same, we are at a time when we can be targeted by any means possible," said Kingi.

Nobody was hurt in the incident that led to the breakage of chairs as the guests were dashing out of the dais. Kingi warned politicians against utterances that could divide the Coastal residents.

"Let us campaign in a proper way and make sure we do not divide our own people. Let us fear God and make sure we remain on his way as we seek various positions in our country," he said.

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