‘Anti-BBI meeting’ cut short as rowdy youth pelt stones at Aisha Jumwa

Fomer Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa

A meeting called by legislators allied to deputy president William Ruto at the Lotus Hotel in Mombasa was on Friday morning cut short after goons invaded the meeting pelting rocks at the Malindi legislator Aisha Jumwa.

The Friday morning meeting that was attended by Ruto’s allies among them Nyali legislator Mohamed Ali and his Lamu East counterpart Athman Shariff forced Ali to confront some of the goons.

The confrontation came just as final preparations on the Mombasa edition of the BBI meeting scheduled for Saturday were ongoing at the Tononoka grounds.

Speaking during the ensuing drama the Ruto allied legislators said they would attend the BBI consultative forum urging leaders allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga to allow them to air out their opinion in regards to the initiative.

“If the BBI is about inclusivity, the leaders and residents from the coast region should be given priority to speak,” Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa said.

Speaking during the meeting Nyali MP Mohamed Ali accused the BBI of failing to address pertinent issues affecting the region.

“BBI should address issues such as extrajudicial killings, the port of Mombasa and the dwindling cashew nut market,”Ali said.

This comes just a day after four governors from the coast region urged leaders against politicking the process saying that it was an opportunity for residents of the region to air out their predicaments.

The governor’s lead by Hassan Joho (Mombasa), Granton Samboja(Taita Taveta), Dhado Godhana( Tana River ) and Amason Kingi( Kilifi) said they would attend the consultative forum scheduled to be held at the Tononoka grounds in an effort to raise the issues.

Earlier in the week, leaders from Kwale County said they would back the process in a meeting that was snubbed by Ruto allied legislators Khatib Mwashetani of Lunga Lunga and his Matuga counterpart Kassim Tandaza.