NASA Rally in Laare Meru county called off as goons cause mayhem

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BY CORRESPONDENT,MERU,17TH OCT 2017-The national Super Alliance NASA rally that was supposed to take place on Tuesday at Laare Meru county has been called of.This is after Jubilee and NASA supporters clashed at the venue.

The rally had been organized to push NASA”s Agenda that there wil be no election unless changes are effected at the IEBC.

Tension ran high throughout the day as Jubilee and Nasa supporters clashed ahead of the rally.

Youths chanting Jubilee slogans lit bonfires at the entrance of Laare coffee factory grounds where the meeting was to be held.

Their Nasa rivals attempted to push them out, leading to a rock-pelting match that lasted for hours.

Police officers used teargas to disperse the increasing number of pro-Jubilee youths who kept surging towards the venue of the rally.

According to Meru County ODM chairman Robert Kathata  who spoke to WWW.UPESINEWS.CO.KE said the rally had been called off since Mr Odinga and other Nasa principals could not fly due to bad weather.

“We will announce another date for our rally. However, we maintain that there will be no elections on October 26,” Mr Kathata said.

Mr Odinga and other principals were expected to address the rally in the afternoon.

Trouble started at dawn on Tuesday after unknown people lit bonfires and burnt a wooden dais at the venue.

As Nasa supporters prepared the rally venue, pro-Jubilee youth started arriving in vehicles, brandished Jubilee placards.

The two camps threw stones at each other before six police officers arrived to restore calm.

Addressing the Nasa supporters under the watch of anti-riot police, Lawyer Kirimi Mbogo said the opposition would not be deterred by intimidation from Jubilee.

“We ask the Jubilee supporters to respect the opposition in Meru. We are peace lovers and urge the police to ensure we enjoy our constitutional rights. We are ready to rescue this country from bad leadership,” Mr Mbogo said.

He urged the youth to desist from being used by politicians to cause chaos at political meetings.

The Meru Nasa leaders said they would continue to support the opposition’s agenda against the October 26 election.

 

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