Rival groups clash in Mathare over repeat MCA primaries


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Mathare residents watch as rival clash over court-ordered Utalii Ward repeat primaries for ODM on July 2, 2017. PHOTO: HARUN NJOROGE

Residents of Mathare Area 4 in Nairobi had a sleepless night following ongoing clashes that started on Saturday afternoon, July 1, pitting two rival groups who are protesting a court ruling that ordered ODM to conduct fresh primaries for the MCA seat in Utalii Ward.

The clashing rival groups are also engaging police in running battles, hurling stones and lighting bonfires as they fight over the ordered fresh primaries with one group against the nominations scheduled for Sunday, June 2.

Supporters of Abel Osumba Atito, who was declared winner after trouncing the incumbent Wilson Ochola, read mischief after the court made the ruling just slightly over a month to the August 8th General Election, with those pledging allegiance to the incumbent insisting that the exercise must take off.

Mr Osumba’s supporters have, however, vowed to not to allow the process to take place, pointing an accusing finger at Ruaraka MP TJ Kajwang and the party ODM of favouring Mr Ochola.

The two groups are currently engaging each other in street battles with reports indicating that Mr Ochola supporters have blocked the road that connects Juja Road to Thika superhighway.

 

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