Governor Hassan Joho has accused the National Intelligence Service (NIS) of circulating hate leaflets aimed at causing voter apathy in Mombasa.
“Intelligence wants to spread fear, so that people flee the town, and cause voter apathy. Marwa is here, Uhuru and Ruto too. I promise you that come August 8, even if you bomb us, we will be at the polling station voting. And we will eject you,” he said.
“Mombasa is a peace-loving county, no one will lift a finger to hurt his neighbour.”
Hate leaflets linked him to possible skirmishes ahead of the August 8 poll.
One of them read: “Wabara Mchague Sultan na chaguo lake, la sivyo mtahama. Kumbukeni Kaya Bombo.”
The Sultan’s opponents are being investigated by the police to establish whether they were trying to implicate him.
He further called for thorough protection of Opposition votes saying this should not be confused with incitement.
“The fact that we have been able to assemble all of you without the presence of police is a pointer that Mombasa is peaceful,” he told the crowd at Mvita grounds on Sunday.
The leaflets were distributed in Likoni and some parts of Nyali, Kisauni, Changamwe and Jomvu, where non-natives have settled.
The NCIC has flagged Mombasa as one of the counties where post-poll violence is likely to occur.
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