Kakamega senator Bonny Khalwale and Mumias East M.P Benjamin Washiali at milimani law courts before justice Joseph Sergon on Friday, in a ruling of a case where the senator have been barred from defaming Nairobi governor Evans Kidero.
BY SAM ALFAN.
Police this morning morning outside Milimani law courts lobbed teargas and shot in the air severally to disperse supporters of Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale who clashed after leaving the hearing of an application seeking to lift issued against the senator.
A combined effort of regular and Administration Police had to shield Dr Khalwale from being roughed up by the rowdy pro-Kidero youths.
The rival groups confronted each other following a ruling by Justice Joseph Sergon who gave further orders barring the Kakamega Senator from linking Kidero to the collapse of Mumias Sugar Company.
Tension began inside the court after Kidero’s lawyer Prof Tom Ojienda was asked to request them to vacate so that other cases could proceed.
Khalwale later addressed his supporters saying he has nothing personal against the Nairobi Governor.
“We are look for only one thing. We want the Mumias Sugar Company to flourish. We want the farmer to get his right; the workers there to get their rights so that even our children can go to school. Even if the corrupt person is a white man, an Asian, blue or even a Luo, we do not want to know. He must be held accountable,” he stated.
The judge had earlier vacated orders blocking Dr Khalwale from commenting on Dr Kidero, saying the governor had failed to serve the Kakamega senator with the restraining orders in three days as required by the law.
Inside the court, tension was very high as pro-Khalwale youths threatened to punish Governor Kidero’s supporters, whom they accused of bringing knives into the court.
Khalwale was nearly attacked Thursday by dozens of youths who were chanting pro-Kidero slogans outside the courts.
The senator was forced to hide in a public toilet on Thursday, when rowdy youths, said to be Kidero’s supporters, threatened to rough him up.
Chanting slogans in the governor’s support, the youths attempted to attack Khalwalwe, who accused Kidero of having been the “prefect of thieves” at Mumias Sugar.
Kidero, the former managing director of Mumias, obtained orders restraining the senator or his supporters from defaming him further two weeks ago, saying the “malicious” comments by Khalwale were “preconceived, calculated and unjustified”.
Through his lawyer on June 26, he said the allegations were untrue and have tarnished his image, and asked Khalwale to admits liability and apologise.
Khalwale refused to apologise saying the governor must account for and return public money.
He said a KPMG audit report implicated Kidero in the collapse of the miller.
Dr Kidero on Friday distanced himself from the chaos.“Problems cannot be solved through political rallies or lawless matches. The people of Nairobi need to maintain peace, love and unity,” he said.
The case will be heard on July 22 for further directions..