The outgoing governor of Mombasa, Hassan Ali Joho, and the Suna East MP, Junet Mohamed, struggled to calm a crowd in Teso who demanded to be addressed by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
Azimio supporters, who expected the former prime minister to attend the event, were disappointed to learn that Raila would not make it to Wednesday’s August 3 meeting.
So the team, which was mostly made up of young people, started yelling “No baba, no meeting” in protest of Raila’s absence.
Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition party presidential candidate Raila Amollo Odinga at a previous political rally.
To booing, Junet explained that the absence of Azimio’s presidential candidate was the result of confusion over the location of the meeting.
The Railally stated that the ODM boss had flown to another location and would not be in time to speak to them.
“We came from Nairobi knowing that Raila’s meeting is in Amagoro and not Amukura. We sincerely apologize for what happened,” he explained.
Joho, on the other hand, promised that he would organize another meeting between Raila and the Teso team.
“There are leaders who don’t mean well to us. Let’s be very careful because they are part of the team that sabotaged this meeting. I’ll talk to Raila. I will convince him to come to Teso before the elections,” he said.
The meeting was called by Teso leaders who planned to officially back Raila for the State House race.
The meeting also included former Westlands MP Fred Gumo and Teso South MP Geoffrey Omuse.
After the meeting ended abruptly, the leaders left for a rally at a nearby school before leaving a mega Azimio gathering at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega County.
The Azimio team toured the greater region of western Kenya to popularize Raila’s candidacy before the country goes to the polls in five days.
File photo of TBEN in a line waiting to vote in an earlier election.