Crowd heckles First Lady at campaign rally
Published on November 1, 2007, 12:00 am
By Roselyne Obala
First Lady Lucy Kibaki’s second day tour of Western Province was met with booing and heckling by hundreds of wananchi in Emuhaya constituency, one of ODM’s strongholds.
Lucy received a rude shock as locals chanted ODM slogans immediately she left a campaign rally at Emuhaya Divisional headquarters for another one in Khwisero constituency.
The First Lady, accompanied by Public Service minister, Mr Moses Akaranga and other PNU leaders drove into ODM supporters at Emuhaya market who flushed the party’s slogan as they chanted ODM! ODM!
She and her entourage ignored the supporters and proceeded on the campaign trail.
Earlier, the First Lady on landing at Ebusakami Primary School grounds was met with residents who chanted, “Njaa! Njaa!” (Hunger! Hunger!).
The shocked First Lady who was received by Akaranga and Western PC, Mr Abdul Mwasserah waved at them before proceeding to the venue.
Addressing the rally, Lucy defended President Kibaki’s decision to give top jobs in the Government to old guard.
She said the old guard had the experience and played a major role in ensuring that Kibaki performed his duties diligently.
“Viongozi wengine wanataka wazee waondoke kwa serikali, waende wapi? (Some leaders want the old guard to leave Government, where to?)” she asked. The First Lady took issue with leaders demanding for the replacement of Kibaki claiming he was too old to lead.
She said Kibaki was still strong and had proved beyond any reasonable doubt that he could perform his duties as a Head of State better than some youthful leaders opposing him.
Also present were Western deputy PPO Mr Larry Kieng, Western Province Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organisation Chairperson Mrs Dora Atiti and Western PNU Co-ordination Mr Nixon Butiyo.