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Thursday, February 17, 2022 – President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government has warned ODM Leader Raila Odinga and his allies against importing teargas to disrupt their opponents’ campaigns ahead of the August 9th General Election.
This is after it emerged that Raila’s allies in Nyanza are importing teargas from Uganda to cause mayhem in the country in this election period.
Over the weekend, unknown assailants who are believed to be ODM supporters hurled teargas canisters at Sega Vocational Training Institute in Ugenya Sub-County, where a former Treasury employee, Daniel Odhiambo, was launching his political bid for Ugenya parliamentary seat.
And two days before, a house belonging to Migori gubernatorial hopeful Okong’o Jamigori was reportedly burnt to ashes by suspected arsonists.
But addressing the media yesterday, Siaya County Commissioner Mohammed Barre vowed to deal squarely and firmly with whoever is importing teargas into the country with ulterior motives.
He noted that his officers are trailing supporters of Raila Odinga who are being used to instill fear in members of the public.
“We have had challenges in the recent past where people used unorthodox means.
“They bought tear gas canisters from a neighboring country which they threw into the crowd, endangering the lives of the residents,” he said.
According to Barre, the security committee will not allow anybody to use unorthodox means to undermine their opponents from exercising their democratic rights.
He said it was wrong for the leaders in office and those aspiring to get into the office to assign themselves security duties, assuring that they will ensure they provide security to all residents.
“We will not allow you to break the law in the process of seeking or protecting a seat which you are holding,” he said.
The Kenyan DAILY POST