Police boss calls for restraint as Ayacko, Pesa supporters clash in Migori town amid blame games

Right, supporter of Ochillo Ayacko after he was attack by those he claimed were supporters of rivals John Pesa. LEFT, campaign posters belonging to Pesa, he accused Ayacko supporters

By MN Reporter

Migori County Police Commander Mark Wanjala has called in restrain from politicians as violence spur over destruction of campaign materials amid blame games.

Wanjala said police has put on notice those people who are destroying rival campaign posters and said that police are on high alert and whoever will be found liable will be arrested

“We want to tell those people who are out to destroy other people’s posters that the law will catch up with them and they will be soon arrested and charged in the court of law with the election offense act that all aspirants signed,” said Wanjala .

He was reacting as Migori senator Ochillo Ayacko and former Migori MP John Pesa supporters clashed in Migori town over destruction of campaign material destruction, amid blame games from both camps.

In the first incident, Pesa’s supporter in Total area who had placed posters on used tyres which he sold woke up to find them destroyed.

A video of Pesa’s supporters at the site rising a flag and pledging their love for the DAP-K had been popular in social media.

Speaking to the press, Pesa said he has used a lot of money to print the campaign materials and he doesn’t expect someone to destroy them.

“Am failing to understand why some politicians are using youths to destroy other people’s posters,” said Pesa.

“Am kindly asking the police to help us on investigations and establish who this person is, we want a peaceful campaign” he added.

Days later Ayacko’s supporter was hacked and rushed to hospital after he refused to have a banner belonging to Pesa erected on his business premises.

The support resisted having the banner to be placed on the premises and an altercation ensued which saw him being attacked by what he said was a plan organised by Pesa’s supporters.

Both attacks elicited heated social media debates with both leaders and their supporters in blame games.

“We have so far had very peaceful campaigns and i know my rivals have been scared because we have been having an agenda based campaign, we will not be destructed,” Ayacko said at Mwache Primary in Kakrao ward.

Ayacko called on his supporters to be maintain peace and avoid to be dragged into violence.

“We are front runners, i am sure i will defeat my rivals and i will ensure they get national and county government posts for peace,” he said.