In Summary
  • The team’s first caravan tour Tuesday traversed Kiambu, Machakos and Kitui counties.
  • Charles Matheka, a trader based in Yatta, Machakos County, condemned the attack, terming it defeatist.
  • Ms Fiona Syokau blamed the attack on Jubilee's lack of proper campaign machinery in Kitui County.

A group of businessmen from Thika who are campaigning for the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto have called upon the police to investigate, arrest and arraign in court youths who stoned their vehicles on Tuesday evening as they were coming from Mwingi at the end of a tour of Kiambu, Machakos and Kitui counties.

They also want the police to question Mwingi MP Gideon Mulyungi whom they accuse of being behind the attack that saw more than five cars damaged and a few people injured after they were hit by the stones.

The youths who were on motorbikes pelted the UhuRuto caravan with stones as they left Mwingi Town.

HUNT FOR VOTES

The team’s first caravan tour Tuesday traversed Kiambu, Machakos and Kitui counties along Garissa Road, asking residents to vote for the president on October 17.

The team's chairman Chege Wa Gathu told journalists that the response to their campaigns was generally good, and that the team will next proceed to Kirinyaga, Embu and Meru counties on a date to be announced later.

However, Chege added, "As we left Mwingi Town, we encountered a charged group of young men that followed us on motorbikes and tried to block our motorcade before pelting stones towards our vehicles. We have received information that the irate youths had been incited by Mwingi MP who had sent men driving in a Probox (car) and a white Lexus to trail us up to Mwingi."

"The cars' occupants followed us up to Mwingi Town and could be seen dishing out money and Raila's posters to some boda boda riders in Mwingi Town shortly before the incident happened," he added.

One of the cars which was stoned by unruly youths as a Jubilee campaign team of Thika businessmen toured Mwingi in Kitui County on September 12, 2017.  PHOTO | MARY WAMBUI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

One of the cars which was stoned by unruly youths as a Jubilee campaign team of Thika businessmen toured Mwingi in Kitui County on September 12, 2017. PHOTO | MARY WAMBUI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

MP'S RESPONSE

Initial attempts by Nation to get a comment from the Mwingi MP bore no fruit as calls to his phone went unanswered.

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