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Uhuru's speech cut short as Joho supporters battle Awiti, Jubilee youths

Mombasa county commissioner Evans Achoki was forced to cut short the President's speech following the altercation that lasted nearly 30 minutes. Mr Achoki's frantic call to the crowd to observe a moment of silence for those killed in the Karai, Naivasha accident was not heeded.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 12 Dec 2016 18:08 EAT

Supporters of Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and his rival and Nyali MP Hezron Awiti clashed today disrupting the Jamhuri Day celebrations in Mombasa. Supporters of Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and rival and Nyali MP Hezron Awiti clashed today disrupting the Jamhuri Day celebrations in Mombasa.

In the melee, the police officer commanding Makupa station was punched in the abdomen as the supporters of the two politicians clashed during the meeting at Tononoka Grounds. The cop was assaulted when he led officers from the GSU and Rapid Response Unit in quelling the chaos that disrupted the celebrations.

Reports from the ground indicates that the chaos started when Mr Awiti’s supporters, who were joined by Jubilee sympathisers, ganged up against Joho’s followers. The clashing groups booed and hurled insults at one another. As the Kenya Free Press reported recently, Governor Joho's opponents have increasingly allied themselves with Jubilee members in Mombasa.

Mombasa county commissioner Evans Achoki was forced to cut short the President's speech following the altercation that lasted nearly 30 minutes. Mr Achoki's frantic call to the crowd to observe a moment of silence for those killed in the Karai, Naivasha accident was not heeded.

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