Joho, ODM team provoked Mpeketoni residents , Says Lamu West MP Ndegwa

Joho and the ODM team in Mpeketoni where they were heckled by residents. FILE/ PHOTO.

Lamu, KENYA: Lamu West MP Julius Ndegwa on Monday faulted ODM campaign team led by Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho at Mpeketoni Lamu county over the weekend, for the attack by Mpeketoni residents.

In a media briefing at parliamentary buildings Monday,Ndegwa condemned the attack but  faulted the party for provoking Mpeketoni residents who retaliated.

“I want to condemn the incident which took place in Mpeketoni during the ODM rally even though everyone should be allowed to campaign anywhere in country; they should do so without provoking others.”Ndegwa said.

He blamed the party for not involving the police to provide security and holding the rally in market places.

He urged politicians to desist from issuing intolerant and hate speech which might amount to violence warning that the area is extremely volatile after the Mpeketoni attacks .

He urged the government to beef up security and build confidence in people, as the the country gears to the August polls .

He demanded that the inspector of police Joseph Boinnet question  politician Rishad Amana over what he termed as utterances that were made by him which amounts to hate speech.

Politician Rishad Amana, who joined ODM from DP, is on a quest to make Lamu an ODM stronghold.

ODM team led by deputy Party leader Hassan Joho had to scamper for safety on Saturday after youths in Mpeketoni, Lamu hurled stones and unripe mangoes at them.

The youths shouting Jubilee slogans said they did not want to be addressed by the ODM leaders.

Mpeketoni is in Lamu West whose MP is Julius Ndegwa, who recently joined Jubilee. He was elected on a Kenya National Congress party ticket.