One person died on Saturday and scores injured after a political rally to be attended by president Uhuru Kenyatta in Isiolo turned chaotic.
This is after supporters of three gubernatorial aspirants from the county clashed disrupting the rally before police shooting in the air.
Medical Superintendent at Isiolo Referral Hospital Stephen Kiluva said the deceased Mohammed Huka was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.
Kiluva said another man who had sustained serious injuries on the head had been admitted and recuperating well.
According to police, supporters of gubernatorial aspirants Abdul Bahari of Jubilee, incumbent Godana Doyo who defected to Party for Democracy and Reforms and Senator Mohamed Kuti who also ditched Jubilee and went independent engaged each other at the rally held at the Isiolo stadium.
The supporters shouted at each other threatening to rough supports of their opponents.
It is said after National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale and Area MP Joseph Samal were shut down by the youth after trying to plead with them to calm, police had to intervene and shot in the air before the deceased was hit by a bullet.
The President arrived amid the fracas and had a difficult time presenting his speech as the youth wanted the matter addressed first.
On several occasions, the president had to pause and plead with the youth to calm but he opted to ignore them and address the rally.
Uhuru hit at the NASA brigade for polarizing the country.
“Jubilee has a commitment for over 40 million Kenyans, our friends on the other side are after 10 million strong a clear indication they cannot bring all of together,” he said.
Uhuru maintained the opposition should stop issuing threats to the electoral body and let them do their mandate.
Uhuru said he is a leader of all Kenyans, 45 million-strong, and he will continue investing in projects that leave no part of the country behind.
President Kenyatta emphasized that he is determined to ensure that Kenyans have equal access to opportunities that will lift their lives.
“The projects we are implementing – ranging from infrastructure, provision of electricity and modern medical equipment to free maternity and paying exams fees for candidates in primary and secondary schools – are all aimed at ensuring that there is equity and no part of the country lags behind in development,” the President said.