Tetu MP, opponent supporters in standoff
A standoff ensued between supporters of Ann Nyambura Kanyi and the incumbent, Ndung’u Gethenji, both who are vying for Tetu parliamentary seat in Nyeri County.
Nyambura who addressed the media at a hotel in Nyeri town after the incident said she was holding a meeting at Gititu area on Tuesday when the incumbent arrived with about 25 rowdy supporters disrupting her meeting.
The aspirant however said Gethenji remained in his car at the gate as his personal assistant led the youth in storming the meeting venue. The two are fighting for a Jubilee party ticket.
“We told him he could not bring in the MP as the meeting was mine,” she said.
A meeting between security team and aspirants had resolved that politicians should not attend meetings convened by opponents.
She said the meeting was disrupted for about one and a half hours forcing her to leave the venue.
“I told my supporters that I needed to go. We had not finished and we could not finish since they had refused to leave the venue,” she said alleging that she was being harassed and intimidated because she was the only woman in the race.
Though there was push and pull at the meeting, no one was injured.
The aspirant called on the government to offer her protection as she feared for her life.
The previous day, she said, a vehicle trailed her but stopped after her driver made two unexpected quick U-turns.
‘This is the second time my meetings haves been disrupted. Earlier while holding a campaign meeting at Kigwandi another aspirant stormed the venue with his supporters,” she added.
She said she will report the matter to the police as well as write a formal complaint to the party headquarters.
The chairman, Central Kenya Peace Forum, Rev. Joseph Macharia urged politicians to respect each other during campaigns and keep peace.
Over ten candidates have declared for Tetu parliamentary seat on a Jubilee ticket.