22 February 2013

Kenya: Rowdy Kiambu Youth Stone ODM Caravan

Rowdy youth in Kiambu on Wednesday stoned ODM officials and candidates in Ndumberi as they were popularising PM Raila Odinga's upcoming tour of Kiambu.

Speaking to the press, ODM commissioner for central province Peter Kuguru who was spearheading the campaign convoy, said they toured Kiambu town, Ndumberi village, Tinganga village, Ikinu town without any problems.

He said it was when they were on their way back as they passed Ndumberi at around 6pm, that they encountered youths chanting Uhuru who started throwing stones at them.

Kuguru said his vehicle was not spared as the back windscreen was hit and got broken.

Thika parliamentary candidate Elizabeth Matere who was seated at the back of Kuguru's vehicle had to lie down to protect herself as the shattered glass flew all over.

Kiambu parliamentary aspirant Margret Ndehi, who was on the caravan, was hit by a stone on her stomach and had to take cover at the back of the vehicle.

"I was not badly injured, just got a bruise. I urge the youth not to be used to heckle or attack others during campaigns. Let them instead listen to what each one has to offer," she said.

Kuguru said that they will not be deterred in their mission to popularise the party and its policies and are confident that 25 per cent of central province will vote for Raila.

"There are a lot of ODM supporters in central province its just that they do not come out openly since the area is perceived to be a TNA zone," he said.

Kuguru reported the matter to Kiambu police station where they recorded statements. Police promised to use photos taken of the youth throwing stones and other missiles to make arrests.

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