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Cord blames state for Kakamega violence

The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) has condemned what it refers to as the “senseless violence” that marred a political rally attended by its top officials in Kakamega County on Saturday.

In a statement circulated to media houses on Sunday, Cord CEO Norman Magaya accused the State of having a hand in the chaotic scenes, which left several people injured.

“The perpetrators of this senseless violence had the intention of creating an artificial rift and schism amongst the Cord principals through well planned violence. Theirs was a plot to embarrass Senator (Moses) Wetangula to provoke him and his supporters into walking out of the coalition,” Magaya’s statement read.

Magaya also thanked Kakamega residents for “demonstrating resilience” and ensuring the rally proceeded to its logical conclusion despite the violence.

During the well attended event at the historic Muliro Garden grounds, tear gas canisters were hurled at Senator Wetangula who was launching his presidential campaign for the 2017 General Election.