Reports coming out of Mombasa are indicating that Senator Hassam Omar’s campaign vehicle was attacked by unknown people.
The unidentified group of people hurled stones at omar’s campaign vehicle which was parked outside the Renaissance Centre offices in Kizingo around 3:00 am. Petrol bombs were also said to have been hurled at the vehicle according to the Senator.
“The petrol bombs, however, did not explode,” he said.
The Police in the County says they have launched an investigation into the Friday, July 7 morning incident after they visited the scene. No injuries were reported.
Senator Hassan Omar, who is contesting for county governorship on a Wiper Party ticket, has made it clear he suspects the attack was orchestrated by his competitors which include current Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho.
He, however, said he would not be intimidated and vowed to not back down from the race.
“This attack was meant to prompt me into chickening out from the race for Mombasa governor. I am telling those people behind the attacks that their stunts are too small to scare me. I will continue campaigning for the governor’s seat, and I am confident I will clinch it come August 8,” said the Wiper Party Secretary General.
Over the past few weeks, politicians have been campaigning hard across the country. With all their differences, most have made a point to warn their supporters about being violent while security agencies have warned the politicians to not incite or propagate it.
Politicians from Mombasa County have specifically urged contestants from the region to embrace peace to avoid the reoccurrence of the 2007-8 post-election violence.
Contestants for the Mombasa governorship position include; Joho (ODM), Suleiman Shahbal (Jubilee) and Hezron Awiti (Vibrant Democratic Party).