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Thursday, July 27, 2017

2 youths charged with stabbing two people during Ford-K rally

 Douglas Wabwire and Antony Wekesa when they appeared before magistrate Samuel  Mutahi.PHOTS JOHN NALIANYA
Douglas Wabwire and Antony Wekesa when they appeared before magistrate Samuel Mutahi.PHOTS JOHN NALIANYA

Two youths allied to Ford Kenya have been charged in Bungoma with stabbing two people in Kabuchai constituency during a rally.

Douglas Wabwire and Antony Wekesa on Wednesday denied the charges before magistrate Samuel Mutahi.

They are accused of attacking Titus and Timothy Buyela during a Ford Kenya rally on Tuesday.

After the attack, youths allied to a Jubilee MP candidate are said to have retaliated and stormed the home of the accused and injuring them before handing them to police.

Lawyer for the accused, Amos Makokha, requested bail, saying they were injured and required urgent treatment.

The two were released on Sh50,000 bond each. The hearing will be on September 27.

Tension between Jubilee and Ford Kenya supporters has been increasing in parts of Bungoma county.

County commissioner Joshua Chepcheng has warned politicians and the youth against violence.

“We are going to deal with political intolerance firmly. It is not going to be a collective responsibility, but individuals will carry their crosses,” he said. Chepcheng urged the IEBC to punish rogue politicians.

Lusaka, wangamati fined

Governor Kenneth Lusaka and Ford Kenya governor candidate Wycliffe Wangamati have been fined Sh1 million each by the IEBC over political violence.

Two weeks ago, the IEBC summoned and warned them after their supporters clashed, leaving one woman dead in June.

The woman was killed by a stray bullet after a clash between Jubilee and NASA supporters in Bungoma town. Supporters of Lusaka and Wangamati threw stones at each other as they escorted their leaders to rallies after being cleared by the IEBC. The rival groups also vandalised property and vehicles before police fired tear gas and live ammunition.

The woman, identified as Kadogo, was shot in the chest by a plainclothes officer as she tried to flee to safety.

She died minutes after arriving at Bungoma Referral Hospital.

Lusaka condemned the incident and blamed his opponents for the violence.

ODM candidate Alfred Khang’ati condemned the two politicians, saying they incited their supporters.

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