Mutua, Kalonzo battle turns ugly
05 September 2015, 10:15
Nairobi - The political battle between Ukambani leaders Kalonzo Musyoka and Alfred Mutua turned violent Friday and promises to be intriguing in the run up to the 2017 General Elections.
Kalonzo was to address a rally in Makueni County Friday but it was shot to the ground by rowdy youth chanting pro Mutua songs.
The rally was to take place in Kilome Constituency.
According to Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana, they tried in vain to calm the youth down but in vain.
" They were too rowdy. They broke everything apart and they were chaotic. It is sad to see such," he told News24 on phone.
Kalonzo was yet to arrive at the venue when the violence broke out.
The violence was the first sign of open rebellion against Kalonzo, who was however unperturbed by the incident.
" The violence shows just how desperate some leaders are and its already a sign of defeat," he said.
" We will continue on our path and ignore the few negative influences," he added.
On his part, Mutua, who sounded as surprised as many over the violence, condemned it and urged people not to use is name to conduct violent campaigns.
" I understand that they used the Maendeleo Chap Chap name to cause violence which I denounce," he said.
" I have no place for violence in my campaign and I urge all those thinking of doing so, to cease immediately," he added.
According to observers though, the ugly incidences are part of a small shift in thinking in the region.
" One cannot hide behind the fact that the incident was in a way a message of defiance against Kalonzo, " Political sciences lecturer Jonas Kalulu told News24.
" Kalonzo has always been treated as a king in the region, so this however small, shows that opinions are changing, he added.
Mutua is said to be keen on charting his own political path ahead of the 2017 elections, while Kalonzo has already been chosen by the Wiper Democratic Party as its flag bearer for the 2017 elections.
Interesting times lie ahead.
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