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Buses ferrying Raila supporters from Coast intercepted in Voi

Three buses that were transporting Nasa supporters from Mombasa to Nairobi have been intercepted in Voi, Taita Taveta County.

The buses were among six that left Mombasa for Nairobi ferrying the supporters to attend the swearing-in of Nasa leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka.

TRAFFIC OFFENCES

Voi OCPD Joshua Chesire said the vehicles were seized for “traffic offences”.

They were stopped at Voi at around 3am, according to one of the supporters.

“In the buses there were 82 passengers who also had not adhere to traffic rules. Most of them are youth of whom 10 did not have ID cards. Among them are four women,” said Mr Chesire.

He added that the passengers would be taken to court and charged with traffic offences.

The buses were released at 8am, with Mr Chesire saying they could proceed with their journey.

However, the bus drivers told the Nation that they were going back to Mombasa and drove off towards Mombasa.

BUSES

The Nasa supporters left Mombasa on Monday aboard six Modern Coast buses that awaited them at Treasury Square near Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho’s office.

Traffic police sources said the buses’ number plates had earlier been circulated to them to ensure they do not proceed with the journey.

The buses were flagged off by Mombasa County Speaker Harub Khatri, who was accompanied by the county ODM Chairman Mohammed Hatimy.

The Nasa supporters had Monday evening left Nairobi to attend the “swearing-in” ceremony.

The supporters boarded six Modern Coast buses that awaited them at Treasury Square near Mombasa governor Hassan Joho’s office.

FLAGGED OFF

The buses were flagged off by Mombasa County Speaker Aharub Khatri who was accompanied by the county ODM chairman Mohammed Hatimy.

Speaking to journalists Mr Khatri said the supporters are expected in Nairobi tomorrow morning for the event.

“We are determined in this struggle. We will have at least 50 buses transporting about 3, 000 supporters. This is the beginning of the journey to Canaan. No one has been forced but we are doing for the love our leader,” said Mr Khatri.

He said other buses will leave from Coast buses offices.