The Star (Nairobi)

8 January 2013

Kenya: Rival Youth Fight It Out Over Kinangop Seat

Chaos erupted at Shamata trading centre in Ndaragwa constituency when two rival groups of Nyandarua governor aspirants clashed yesterday.

Supporters of Kinagop MP David Ngugi and those of aspirant Mwangi Gathimba clashed during a campaign tour. Gathimba's aide Chege Thiari said a group of youth were mounting the aspirant's roadside posters, when they were confronted by Ngugi's supporters.

Chege said Ngugi's group which was wielding rungus threatened to harm the youth if they continued plastering the posters."They were about a 100 of them. They provoked our youth when they stood up to them and a fight ensued," he said.

Chege said a camera and two mobile phones were stolen during the melee. He accused the police who were at the scene of playing the spectator as the youth fought each other.

Gathimba urged the IEBC to investigate the matter and take action. "We have been doing our campaigns peacefully and we do not know why the youth attacked us," said Gathimba. "We want action to be taken against our rivals, if not we will sue them."

Efforts by The Star to contact Ngugi were futile as his phone went unanswered.The two are among the aspirants vying for the seat. Others in the race include Nyahururu Elite Schools proprietor, Daniel Waithaka and former Kinangop MP Waithaka Mwangi.

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