The Star (Nairobi)

16 February 2013

Kenya: Two Injured As Rivals Clash in Kisauni Rally

At least two people were injured after supporters of rival political camps in Mombasa clashed at Hongera in Kisauni.

Supporters of Kisauni parliamentary aspirant Rashid Bedzimba and his Mombasa senator counterpart Hassan Omar clashed while on door-to-door campaigns on Thursday afternoon.

"They met at Hongera and tried to blocking each other's path," said Kisauni police boss Julius Wanjohi. A fracas ensued where the two were injured,said Wanjohi.

The extent of their injuries was not clear but the two were treated and discharged from a nearby hospital.The Star was unable to get comments from the two candidates as Bedzimba's phone was switched off while Omar did not pick our calls.

This is the third time reports of political violence have emerged in Kisauni and Nyali constituencies in the last one month, raising concern among the public and the police.

Coast police boss Aggrey Adoli said hooliganism is a threat and politicians inciting the youth to violence will have soon be summoned.Last week, a supporter of Republican Congress Party aspirant for Mjambere ward, Salim Omar, broke his ankle after he was attacked by his rival's supporters.

Said Swaleh was attacked outside the RC offices, about 100 metres from Bedzimba's office.

Three weeks ago, RC aspirants Najib Balala, Ibrahim 'Babangida' Khamis, Sureya Hersi and Yasir Noor were attacked by supporters of their rivals while on a door-to-door campaign in Kongowea.

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