Mombasa,KENYA:The Jamhuri day celebrations in Mombasa was disrupted by chaos pitting supporters of Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho and Nyali MP Awiti Bolo.
The event in Tononoka was halted for about 15 minutes as violence was witnessed among three groups – Joho Tena, Uhuru na warembo and Awiti Jobo jobo.
Joho’s supporters engaged Awiti’s supporters in a shouting match, with the Governor’s group shouting at Awiti to leave the grounds of the celebrations.
‘Awiti aondoke hapa la sivyo mkutano hautaendelea( Awiti must leave this ground or else no meeting will continue)!’ Shouted a group of women.
Mr. Awiti earlier signaled his intention of challenging Joho in 2017.
His supporters together with Uhuru na Warembo group also retaliated by shouting at Joho to also leave the venue.
“Joho must go! Joho must go! Joho must go!”, they shouted state officials seemed helpless.
However, the celebrations continued after the Mombasa County Commissioner Mr. Evans Achoki threatened to arrest the demonstrators.
In his speech, Governor Joho blamed the Jubilee government for corruption saying ‘this is the most corrupt government in Kenya’.
He urged opposition supporters to vote out the jubilee administration in 2017 ‘in order to bring back sanity to our nation’.
Political rivalry between Joho and Awiti has been playing in the open as the General elections nears.
During Madaraka day celebrations held in Mombasa, the supporters of the two politicians engaged in shouting matches.
Political commentators are of the view that the Governor (ODM) will face a huge task in next years election from Awiti( Wiper) who banks on Luo support who make a majority in Mombasa.
However, the community has shown strong support for Joho who is the ODM party leader and are expected to vote for him “up to a man” in next elections.
Mombasa senator Hassan Sarai has also thrown his hat in the ring though commentators view him as “a lightweight” who will not be a hard nut to crack for the politically experienced Joho.
Additional reporting by George Otieno