He only responded through a text message saying: “I’m sorry I have not been to Mwingi for the last two weeks so confirm with your source.”

Former Democratic Party (DP) Chairman Dick Githaiga condemned the incident saying Kenyans are free to campaign for their preferred presidential candidates in every corner of this country.

"It is unfortunate that an elected leader would resort to bribing and inciting the youth to stone our vehicles. The actions are defeatist and uncalled for since we went to Mwingi in peace with only one mission which is to hunt votes for the President.

“We are asking the police to take action against these boda boda guys because we gathered that they are well known in the area,” Mr Githaiga said.

Mwingi OCS Peter Ndung'u records statements from Thika businessmen whose vehicles were damaged after youths pelted a Jubilee campaign caravan with stones in Mwingi, Kitui County on September 12, 2017. PHOTO | MARY WAMBUI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Mwingi OCS Peter Ndung'u records statements from Thika businessmen whose vehicles were damaged after youths pelted a Jubilee campaign caravan with stones in Mwingi, Kitui County on September 12, 2017. PHOTO | MARY WAMBUI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

CAMPAIGN GOES ON

He added that the incident will not derail their plans to go round the country to drum up support for Mr Kenyatta.

"We do not have a problem with the community but the leaders who seemed to forget that the community gets its food from our Makongeni market in Thika. You do not bite the hand that feeds you," he said.

Charles Matheka, a trader based in Yatta, Machakos County, condemned the attack, terming it a defeatist ploy by Wiper leaders in Mwingi which he said will not bear fruit.

"Everyone is free to seek votes in any part of this country. There is no need to send youths to disrupt your opponents’ gatherings. We are in support of President Uhuru Kenyatta together with our governor Alfred Mutua and we want to assure the Thika team of our support in boosting the president's votes," he said.

Ms Fiona Syokau, a politician from Ukambani, blamed the attack on Jubilee's lack of proper campaign machinery in Kitui County.

"The resistance was expected because the UhuRuto team lacks machinery in Ukambani area. That said, we want to assure the Thika team that we shall work together to boost the president's votes in Ukambani," said Ms Syokau as she declared that she had quit Nasa for Jubilee.

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