In Summary
  • At Githurai Primary School, the reception was friendly as hundreds of parents who had turned up cheered him.
  • Kawangware has experienced bouts of violence since Friday as Jubilee and Nasa supporters clashed over the October 26 repeat poll.

Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i came face to face with rowdy youths in Kawangware while inspecting schools ahead of the Standard Eight examination Tuesday.

Dr Matiang’i, who was accompanied by Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet, was escorted into the school by a contingent of police officers in Gatina, Dagoretti North, which in the last three days has been hit by violence as gangs fight over the rerun presidential election.

The rowdy youths stoned his convoy that included several senior ministry officials, smashing windows of several vehicles, including that of Vocational Training Principal Secretary Dinah Mwinzi.

VIOLENCE
His security officers had to remove the flag from his official car to protect him.

The CS arrived at the school at around noon after touring Githurai Primary School during rehearsals for this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination.

At Githurai Primary School, the reception was friendly as hundreds of parents who had turned up cheered him.

Dr Matiang’i later went to Gatina Primary School in Kawangware 56 and several youths were heard warning that the dignitaries should find an alternative route to leave since they were not welcome in the area.

SECURITY
However, while speaking at Riruta Primary School after the ambush, the CS said he was not aware of the incident and had only been informed of it by an editor.

At Riruta Primary School, the presence of heavy security was once again evident.

“I do not know what has happened. I have just been told that people were stoned. I have no facts about the incident but I have asked the Inspector-General of Police to find out what happened,” he said.

At Gatina, the rowdy youths stood at the gate of the school threateningly waving rocks and chanting “Matiang’i must go”, creating a perilous security situation for the CS, his entourage and the journalists who had accompanied him.

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