The disruption of an opposition rally in Kabarnet, Baringo county, shows there is a high level of political intolerance, NASA co-principal Moses Wetang’ula has said.
Speaking in Chongoi, Sirisia constituency, yesterday, he said such acts send the wrong message to supporters in other areas.
“We condemn the attack by goons hired by our competitors. That was wrong, especially during this campaign period because it paints a bad picture,” Wetang’ula said.
He said politicians should be free to campaign in any part of the country without being harassed.
Wetang’ula said the political intolerance witnessed on Wednesday set a bad example for the rest of the nation.He urged Inspector General Joseph Boinnet to arrest the goons.
Wetang’ula said it was wrong for police to stand by and watch as the NASA rally was disrupted. He said the inaction is an indication security agencies are taking sides.
Wetang’ula said the country could plunge into chaos if Boinnet does not stem the disruption of rallies and stop the selective provision of security to particular camps.
“We need fair treatment during our rallies,” he said. Wetang’ula said voters should be left to decide which camp to support, rather than being intimidated.
Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi said no action is taken whenever NASA supporters are attacked.
“We know what happened in Bungoma last month and those who were responsible are known, yet the police are not doing anything about it. We demand the police be fair in dealing with political violence and not lean on one side,” he said.
During the Kabarnet rally, four NASA co-principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Isaac Ruto had a difficult time addressing the crowd.
A group was heard shouting, “NASA waende nyumbani. Uhuru ndaani, ndaani” [NASA should go home, we support President Uhuru Kenyatta].
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