One person was injured when youth attacked Kakamega senatorial aspirant Cleophas Malala and his supporters as they left a church service in Mumias West constituency on Sunday.
The youth were armed with pangas smashed vehicles in Malala’s convoy and cut outgoing Mumias Central MCA Suleiman Odanga on the head.
Malala had just attended a church service at the Matawa ACK church and Were leaving when they were attacked barely 20 meters from the church gate.
The youth blocked Malala’s convoy and demanded to be addressed, unaware the crowd was armed, Malala stopped and addressed them.
It was when he was leaving that the crowd turned rowdy and started pelting the cars with stones.
They smashed the windscreen of the vehicles as they shouted that opposition politicians must stop going to Mumias to abuse Rashid Mohammed.
Rashid is Jubilee aspirant for Mumias East. Malala reported the incident to Mumias police station.
Odanga was treated at the St Mary’s mission hospital in Mumias town and discharged. Malala condemned the attack which he blamed Jubilee.
“This is a primitive way of competing. These are signs that Jubilee has already sensed defeat and wants to resort to intimidating opponents but this will not dump our resolve to liberate Kenyans from the shackles of poor leadership by Jubilee,” he said on the phone.
The Sunday incident is the first to occur in Kakamega county since official campaigns begun on May 28. Malala asked the government to live to its word on a peaceful election in August.
-Hilton Otenyo/The Star