Police in Kilifi on Friday thwarted an alleged plan by Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa to scuttle the Embrace movement rally at Karisa Maitha grounds in Kilifi town.
The police officers mounted a roadblock along the Kilifi-Malindi highway where they intercepted school buses that had been hired to ferry Jumwa’s supporters from Malindi and Magarini constituencies to the event.
The buses were forced to go back to Malindi.
Some of Jumwa’s supporters were arrested and grilled by officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) at the Kilifi headquarters some hours before the event kicked off and later released.
Security at the venue was heightened to avert any chaos.
Kilifi County Commissioner Magu Mutindika said they will not entertain anyone who will breach peace in the County at any time.
Mutindika said many Kenyans have been yearning for a peaceful Country and the journey has not been easy.
“People have been chased with bows and arrows and even guns while searching for peace. We will not allow anyone who wants to come in between women who want a peaceful Country,” he said.
However Jumwa who was in Nairobi for the Inua Mama Edition denied allegations and said the women were innocent and were going to attend the meeting like any other Kilifi woman.
Jumwa accused police for frustrating women.
“Police should not arrest innocent women because of political issues. And if they are ready for politics they should be ready. I will not allow any woman to be intimidated,” said Jumwa.
However the women leaders at the Embrace team condemned the move and called upon Jumwa to respect all women in the County.
Led by Homa bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga they said Embrace did not interfere with the Inua Mama event that was held in Malindi and condemned Jumwa’s behavior of insulting fellow women.
“We condemn the act by Jumwa to misuse women and giving them money to come and heckle their fellow women in their meeting,” said Wanga.
It is alleged the women were given shs2500 each to heckle at the Embrace meeting.
She defended the police against accusations that they are being used politically and said turning the women back was the best decision they did.
Murang’a Woman Representative Ms Sabina Chege disowned Jumwa and said that she had lost respect for her.
Chege accused Jumwa of provoking chaos amongst women.
“You cannot fan fire against your colleagues and then you leave for Nairobi and start pretending to be innocent,” she said.
Kirinyaga Governor Anne Mumbi Waiganjo said she has enough shock absorbers ton withstand any criticism.
“There is nothing that I have not seen and no situation that I have never undergone in this Country. If you throw a stone at me, I will step on it and move ahead. We are supporting the handshake and BBI and nothing will change our minds,” she said.
The Governor said Embrace is geared towards fighting poverty by empowering women in grassroots.
She said Embrace will fundraise to economically empower women.
She gave a starting kit of shs500, 000 for Kilifi Women projects ahead of the main fundraiser.
Isiolo KANU Nominated Senator Abshiro Khalek said the poverty index in Arid and Semi-arid Counties is alarming.
Khalake said 68 percent of population in Kilifi County is living below the poverty line.
“We are telling President Uhuru Kenyatta and His Deputy that this is uncalled for at this time when we are having devolved Governments and the National Government is pumping billions of shillings in Counties. We will not accept our people to live in poverty,” said Khalake.
She said Lamu, Tana –River ,Kilifi ,Kwale ,Isiolo,Wajir and Mandera Counties are mostly affected.
The same was echoed by Murang’a woman Representative who said poverty should be addressed.
“It is now time to move out politics and focus on development to eradicate poverty because women are mostly affected,” said Chege.
Former Nominated Senator Judith Sijeni urged the Government to support youths in order to eradicate poverty.