Chaos erupts as Azimio, Kenya Kwanza supporters clash in Kisii
At least four youths were injured on Saturday, February 18, 2023, after Azimio la Umoja One Kenya alliance and Kenya Kwanza supporters clashed.
The chaos erupted near Ram Hospital along Daraja Moja-Nyamataro bypass after several youths who had filtered out of Kisii County Assembly pelted stones at Kenya Kwanza supporters who were holding demos.
United Democratic Alliance (UDA) group leader Fred Nunda condemned the violence saying that they were holding peaceful demonstrations when they were provoked by the rival group.
Nunda explained that UDA supporters were holding peaceful demos to protest remarks by Azimio leader Raila Odinga and Siaya governor James Orengo during a rally in Kisii on Friday.
"They began throwing stones at us. We did not have any issues with them, we only had misgivings with the way ODM leader Raila Odinga and Siaya Senator James Orengo used their rally in Kisii to trade very disparaging remarks on our leaders," Nunda told the press.
The Kenya Kwanza faction addressed journalists before heading out to the Daraja Moja-Nyamataro bypass where they ran into the stone-pelting mobs.
At least four youths were injured in the ensuing chaos. A police officer in riot gear also suffered slight injuries on the back after he was pelted with a stone.
Azimio leader Raila Odinga on Friday led an anti-government rally in Kisii. The opposition chief made stopovers at Kisii-Sotik Road and Keroka.
Thousands of Azimio supporters gathered at the Kisii stadium to be addressed by Raila and other leaders who attended the rally.
"The Omugusii Nation has publicly supported our call for justice. Their unwavering support reinforces our conviction that justice must not only be done, but also be seen to be done. It's time for Kenyans to have the regime they chose, not one imposed on them through deception," Raila Odinga wrote on Facebook.
The Kisii rally marks Azimio's sixth anti-government rally. Last week, Raila held a rally in Machakos county.