Marsabit gubernatorial candidates summoned over chaos

July 27, 2017 9:58 am
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The Code of Conduct Enforcement Committee summoned the leaders to appear before it on Friday to shed light on the clashes/PSCU

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 27 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has summoned Jubilee’s gubernatorial candidate for Marsabit County Mohamud Mohamed Ali and incumbent Governor Ukur Yattani over the chaos that broke in the area on Wednesday during President Uhuru Kenyatta’s campaign rally.

The Code of Conduct Enforcement Committee summoned the leaders to appear before it on Friday to shed light on the clashes.

Jubilee Party supporters and those from the Frontier Alliance Party clashed at Moi Girls Secondary School ahead of President Kenyatta’s tour to Marsabit on Wednesday.

Rival camps caused the break out of the chaos after they begun throwing stones but calm was later restored.

But speaking during a rally in the county, President Kenyatta urged both candidates to support him in his re-election bid saying he will give the loser a job.

“I want to tell you people of Marsabit that when you have decided that one of the contenders will be a Governor, I want you to vote for me and I will ensure that the loser has a job in my government,” he stated.

Yattani and Ali are facing off for the second time, having been the only contestants for the post in the 2013 General Election.

“Mahamud is our brother and Ukur Yatani is our friend. As Jubilee we will not tell you how to vote. You as Marsabit residents will decide on your own as long as you vote for me,” the Head of State said.

President Kenyatta asked the residents there to maintain peace during and after the August Election and urged politicians that they had a duty to conduct peaceful campaigns.

The region has been perceived for years, to be an opposition stronghold.

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