Teso North MP hopeful Lawi Mamai (ODM) has protested against the General Service Unit pulling down his banner at his Amagoro Centre office on Wednesday. This happened a few hours before President Uhuru Kenyatta arrived for his rally at Amagoro Primary School Grounds.
Mamai told the Star on the phone on Friday the action was “barbaric”.
“I see this as a plot by my opponent to use security agencies to intimidate NASA supporters. The same officers also harassed people at the nearby library and forced them to attend the rally,” he said.
Mamai said police also forced ODM member Peter Ipara to leave the rally. “We cannot allow opponents to use security agencies to intimidate our people,” he said. Mamai said attending any rally is voluntary. The culture of forcing people to attend rallies died with the old Constitution, he added.
“The rally was a political meeting and not a government function. Such intimidation makes people want a change of leadership,” Mamai said.
He said he will complain formally to the IEBC. “The incident will not scare me in my pursuit to capture the seat. I am 100 per cent sure of winning the seat from my Jubilee opponent Arthur Odera,” he said.
Teso North police boss Onesmus Kombe was unavailable for comment as his phone went unanswered.
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