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Friday, 24 Mar 2017 12:22 EATlmakena@kenyafreepress.com
Yesterday's forceful break-up by the police of a political rally at Kinango, Kwale, where Mombasa governor Hassan Joho was due to speak has triggered realignment of public opinion in the region, has escalated tensions between Jubilee and CORD leaders at the Coast, with the latter laying the blame for the attack on Kwale governor Salim Mvurya.
Nicholas Zani, the ODM aspirant for Kwale senate seat, has condemned Governor Mvurya for allegedly being behind the break up of the rally. ‘‘It is shocking that our Kwale President Governor Mvurya "watched" as the people who he swore to protect where mercilessly bombarded by teargas as if we are hard core criminals,” Mr Zani said in a statement.
“Is this ruthless behaviour the development Mr Mvurya went to get for us from Jubilee? Teargas and ruthlessness. God help us! “Grandmothers, grandfathers, mothers and fathers and children were shown the full force of Jubilee wrath under the 'command' of Mvurya, who, as many of us have noticed, has not condemned the attack in his own backyard," the politician added.
Mr Zani said "the only antidote to this meaningless dictatorial behaviour is to vote Mvurya (the Jubilee boss in Kwale) out in August, 2017. Mvurya must go! Jubilee must go! As we pray for rain, Mvurya/Jubilee rained teargas on us. It is a sad day in Kwale. God help us."
The violent breakup of the rally has also elicited sharp comparisons between the Jubilee government and the era of former president Daniel arap Moi. Instead of protecting the people around the area and those assembling or organizing the event, the police beat them up.The officers are reported to have descended on the opposition supporters as if they were dealing with criminals.