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Kisumu governorship aspirant accuses Ranguma for his destroyed billboard

While Mr Ondiek is an underdog in the race, his coming from Nyakach, a stronghold of Governor Ranguma, means he could change the dynamics of the upcoming nomination in ODM against the governor.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comSaturday, 01 Oct 2016 19:39 EAT

One of Governor Ranguma's billboards in the town.

An aspirant for the Kisumu gubernatorial seat has accused Governor Jack Ranguma of being behind the destruction of his campaign billboard in Kisumu City. The aspirant's billboard had a message celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Orange Democratic Movement, as part of the party's 'ODM@10' events, and a message in favour of the candidate.

The billboard had been erected yesterday morning and was up for barely six hours before it was brought down at around 2pm. It urged the voters in Kisumu County to consider electing Mr Chris Ondiek, 32, in place of the current governor.

Mr Ondiek's campaign claims that the billboard which was erected near the Kisumu Boys roundabout, was brought down by goons associated with Governor Ranguma. “The behaviour of the Governor is despicable and is a clear testimony of how he has discriminated youths in Kisumu County for now 4 years,” Mr Ondiek’s campaign office said in a statement signed by Elijah Ambasa.

The statement also said, “The Governor should face Arch. Chris Ondiek in the forthcoming elections as a man not resort to political hooliganism.” The team appealed to the police to investigate the matter and prosecute those who destroyed the billboard.

Mr Ondiek is considered an underdog in the Kisumu gubernatorial race. However, coming from Nyakach, which has been considered a stronghold of Governor Ranguma, he could change the dynamics of the upcoming ODM nomination to the detriment of the governor.

While his billboard was destroyed, other billboards that carried messages in favour of the governor were left intact. Kisumu witnessed intense political activities today associated with the ODM celebrations.

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