The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: MP Nguyai, Wanjohi Supporters Clash

Kabete parliamentary aspirant James Wanjohi yesterday escaped the wrath of MP Lewis Nguyai's violent youth, when they hurled stones at his convoy at Kiambaa shopping centre yesterday.

Wanjohi is the youngest parliamentary aspirant at 28 years. He is a businessman, singer and preacher.

The aspirant, who launched his parliamentary bid yesterday, started his campaign tour at Ndumboini shopping centre with a convoy of four buses and 15 Nissan matatus. He campaigned smoothly all along in the constituency, until he reached Kiambaa, when his roadshow was cut short by the MP's supporters. His convoy was confronted by a group of 30 young men as it entered the shopping centre, who were chanting pro-Nguyai slogans.

As they got closer to the caravan, they started throwing stones at Wanjohi's supporters.

A fight ensued between the two opposing groups and the confrontation lasted for about 30 minutes.

Nguyai's supporters were overpowered by Wanjohi's group which was greater in number.

An AP officer arrived who arrived at the scene could not do anything and had to run for his life.

Wanjohi was rescued by his supporters who quickly whisked him from the roadshow truck to his Range Rover Sport vehicle. It drove off in high speed.

"We know who had sent the goons, but I will not be cowed or intimidated," said Wanjohi when he reached Gikuni centre. "I do not fear anybody but I wish to tell the MP that we will not play dirty politics."

Wanjohi toured Muguga, Makutano, Kanjeru, Vet lab, Gitaru, Gikuni, Kingeero and Wangige town.

On his campaign trail, Wanjohi promised the voters that he will revive the defunct polytechnics, create a youth resource centre and create income generating activities. He said he will provide machines for processing eggs and making fruits juices as way of creating jobs for the youth.

"I have bought a shamba here in Kabete which I will dedicate to building a youth centre, where we will build a processing plant for fruit making," said Wanjohi.

I have also contacted Chinese government on how they shall deliver the machines to us," said Wanjohi.

Wanjohi lauded Kibaki for good work. He at the same time asked people to vote for young people but not those who have town their weight in politics at their retirement age.

"We have other people who are running for this seat but they have been working in civil service and they are now going for retire but want to go on leading us in their old age instead of seek rest at home," said Wanjohi.

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