Police stop Msambweni campaign rally as NSAC rules take effect

Written By: Margaret Kalekye

Road blocks were mounted on all roads leading to the venue

Police in Kwale Thursday left nothing to chance as they moved to implement a public order on public meetings and gatherings endorsed and ratified by the Cabinet.

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As Msambweni parliamentary election heats up, Feisal Bader an independent candidate suffered a major setback after a political meeting scheduled to take place at Ukunda showground in Kwale was blocked by police.

Former Senators Johnson Muthama, Hassan Omar, Boni Khalwale and Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa were on the ground to drum up support for the aspirant who has received the backing of the Deputy President.

The leaders to their shock were confronted with roadblocks mounted on all roads leading to the venue where the campaign rally was to be held.

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The politicians who are close associates of the DP expressed their disappointment saying they will not be intimidated by the heavy police presence.

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It was confirmed that the meeting had not been authorised as per the stringent national security directives.

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This is the second public function linked to the DP is being stopped in compliance with the new order issued by the National Security Advisory Committee as part of efforts aimed calming rising political tensions ahead of the 2022 general election.

The DP was Thursday forced to cancel a fundraiser at Kebirogo grounds, Nyamira. Police had to teargas the crowds amid threats by a group of unruly youths to cause chaos.

His Muranga visit rocked by chaos is believed to have set the stage for the issuance of the order after two people died. His launch of the hustler movement has seen him hold fundraisers for youths in different parts of the country.

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A Multi-Agency Team has been constituted to implement the Public Order that affects all public meetings and processions; media broadcasting, publishing and reporting; and the responsible conduct of persons using social media.

The Cabinet chaired by the President expressed concern over the growing political tensions that have exacerbated partisan divides and threatened peace, security and harmony within the country over the last month.

Msambweni Constituency by-election will be held on December 15.









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