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ODM summons governor, opponent on Migori violence

“The party has summoned all leaders alleged to have involved in the chaos for interrogations to help in pursuing further investigations over the matter,” Ongwen said.

By Samuel OwidaTuesday, 04 Apr 2017 17:04 EAT

ODM has summoned Migori governor Okoth Obado, gubernatorial aspirant Ochilo Ayako and county party chairman Philip Makabong’o among other leaders associated with chaos that marred political rally in Migori Town on Monday. The party's executive director Oduor Ong’wen said they have written letters to the leaders alleged to have involved in the violence to appear before disciplinary committee.

The violence saw ODM deputy party leader and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho’s bodyguard shot at while their car sprayed with bullets and scores injured in a rally organized by Suna East MP Junet Mohamed who is the party’s Director of Elections. 

The attempted burning of County ODM offices on Sunday night was a precursor to the violence witnessed on Monday followed blocking of organizers of the rally earlier in the day by Obado supporters from entering the stadium.

Hell broke loose when Governor Obado, who was not invited to the meeting, and his entourage gate-crashed the meeting when all manner of weapons including stones were hurled in the air stopping Prof. Nyong’o from speaking as all scampered for safety.

Nyong’o was pushed under the podium by security details to evade hails of stones and gunshots that rented the air for nearly 20 minutes from hitting him as the large crowd went on the ground on their bellies. Other leaders who were involved in the chaos are senators James Orengo (Siaya) and Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu).

Speaking on Mayienga FM during morning talk show today, Mr Ongwen said the party is not pleased with the kind of violence witnessed during the rally and must crack the whip on errant members found culpable. He said that leaders present at the rally during the chaos must appear before the party’s disciplinary committee to give an account of what transpired before any action could be taken including exoneration of the innocent.

“The party has summoned all leaders alleged to have involved in the chaos for interrogations to help in pursuing further investigations over the matter,” Ongwen said, reiterating the party’s commitment instill discipline and execute punitive measures against politicians who thrive in violence saying noting that it damages the party’s image.

The director urged the party luminaries and officials to avoid taking sides ahead of nominations saying it is recipe to chaos, adding that party leader Raila Odinga had also kept off party primaries affairs to enhance a level playing ground for all the contenders.

On alleged biasness of the county party elections board, the director said they will reshuffle members of the board to avoid alleged manipulations. He added that party is very keen in conducting free and fair nominations. “The party has registered cries of electoral manipulations from some stronghold areas and I assure them that they will be transferred to other places to ensure credible party elections,” he added.

The violence was a culmination of a long standing controversial relationship between Mr Obado, who decamped to Omingo Magara-led People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2013 to beat ODM’s candidate Prof. Oyugi Akong’o and the local party branch.

The writer is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Homa Bay County

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