Kenya: Omar, Ali Supporters Clash, Police Lob Teargas

Mombasa — A scuffle today unfolded in UDA delegates meeting forcing police officers to lob teargas to disperse the supporters of Nyali MP Mohammed Ali and EALA MP Hassan Omar who had got rowdy at the Government Training Institute (GTI) Mombasa.

The political clash between the supporters of the two UDA politicians momentarily disrupted the meeting which was slated to commence at 10 am.

UDA secretary general Cleophas Malala was whisked away when the scuffle started between the supporters.

The clash is nothing unprecedented as both Omar and Ali have been castigating each other in separate public forums with supremacy battles emerging between the duo.

Both leaders have apportioned themselves praises on President William Ruto’s performance in the last year’s general election which saw him grab huge chunk of votes from Raila Odinga’s political bastion.

President Ruto garnered 44 percent of the votes cast for the presidential election.

“I am the one with the 44 percent of Mombasa votes through the UDA party. Let no one deceive you they are the one who brought the votes,” said Omar.

The race for the 2027 Mombasa gubernatorial contest is said to be at the heart of the animosity between the two leaders who are eyeing the seat.

Omar accused Ali of rebuking his empowerment programs saying that his close relationship with President Ruto had led to the coastal people benefiting through the activities.