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Teargas explosion abruptly ends Karua, Ida rally in Kisii

The meeting ended prematurely without Martha Karua addressing.

In Summary

•Mama Ida Odinga, the wife to Azimio Presidential candidate Raila Odinga, was also present at the rally.

•Karua had taken to the podium to address the rally when the explosion occured.

Martha Karua rally ends prematurely in Kisiii.
Martha Karua rally ends prematurely in Kisiii.
Image: MAGATI OBEBO

Azimio Presidential running mate Martha Karua's rally ended prematurely in Kisii following a teargas explosion.

Mama Ida Odinga, the wife to Azimio Presidential candidate Raila Odinga, was also present at the rally.

Karua had taken to the podium to address the rally held at Kisii Stadium when the explosion occurred.

She was forced to exit the podium and walk back to her car leaving the venue of the meeting without addressing supporters.

The crowd that had gathered at the Stadium was forced to scamper for safety throwing the meeting into disarray.

Chairs broken after chaos erupted at Martha Karua's rally in Kisii.
Chairs broken after chaos erupted at Martha Karua's rally in Kisii.
Image: MAGATI OBEBO

Chairs at the venue were broken as the crowd made their way from the venue.

Preliminary reports accessed by the Star show trouble started after supporters of Kisii Governor James Ongwae and Dagoretti MP Simba Arati clashed.

Arati is now eyeing the Kisii governor seat.

Chairs broken after chaos erupted at Martha Karua's rally in Kisii.
Chairs broken after chaos erupted at Martha Karua's rally in Kisii.
Image: MAGATI OBEBO

Governor Ongwae is said told Arati to keep the meeting, a directive the MP defied on Thursday.

The disruption of the rally came hours after another standoff was witnessed on the way to the Stadium.

There was a running battle in the town after police lobbed teargas at supporters of Ongwae and Arati who clashed at the town centre while on the way to the Stadium.

Chairs broken after chaos erupted at Martha Karua's rally in Kisii.
Chairs broken after chaos erupted at Martha Karua's rally in Kisii.
Image: MAGATI OBEBO

One person was reportedly injured in the head in the ensuing battles.

The youth was injured as they clashed with police officers at the entrance to Gusii Stadium, the venue for the rally where Karua and Ida were due to meet women.

The gate to the stadium was partially destroyed as pro-Arati supporters attempted to force their way in before they were repulsed by police.

Kitutu Chache South MP Richard Onyonka who is seeking the Senate seat under the ODM ticket had to lead the youth to the Capital round in the Centre of the County capital where, he together with gubernatorial candidate Simba Arati, addressed them.

The youth, in hundreds, were to later storm into the stadium overwhelming the detachment of officers manning the gate.

This time, they did not fight back making the all-women event for both genders.

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