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Guns drawn as Peter Kenneth, Mike Sonko backers clash

By Geoffrey Mosoku | Updated Tue, February 28th 2017 at 00:00 GMT +3

Gunshots rent the air on Sunday afternoon when supporters of two aspirants for the Nairobi governor's seat clashed during a football match.

Police were forced to shoot in the air to disperse supporters of Senator Mike Sonko and former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth's at a tournament in Miutuni ward, Dagoretti South constituency.

Mr Sonko and area MP Dennis Waweru arrived at the Ndunyu Jua Kali grounds in Dagoretti towards the tail end of the match, with his supporters in tow.

This appeared to infuriate Mr Kenneth's supporters, who were watching the match and booed as Sonko made his way to the dais where Kenneth was seated.

A brief altercation between the two groups ensued, forcing Sonko's bodyguards to shoot in the air and evacuate him from the stadium.

The football tournament went on as Sonko and his team addressed a crowd that had followed him outside the field.

No injuries were reported.

Kenneth condemned the incident, which he termed as unfortunate and unacceptable.

"You have seen what has happened. This is unacceptable and should not be allowed to happen again," he said.

But Sonko defended his presence at the tournament, saying he and Waweru attended as Nairobi leaders. The senator said he had gone to present prizes to the winning team.

"We decided to leave the place to avoid violence. As leaders, we advocate peaceful campaigns," he said.