ODM to summon 8 leaders over weekend rally violence

The party said they had carried out internal investigations and identified that the eight are those responsible for the violence that rocked the rally

Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma and his rival Washington Ogaga wrestle each other to the ground before ODM supporters and party leaders at the Homa Bay Stadium on November 27, 2016.

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has said it will summon and grill eight leaders who were involved in violent scenes during a rally on Sunday in Homa Bay County.

The party said they had carried out internal investigations and identified that the eight are those responsible for the violence that rocked the rally aimed at commemorating the second anniversary of the death of Senator Otieno Kajwang.

ODM Chief Executive Officer Oduor Ong’wen however publicly named only two of the eight perpetrators but said the party will summon all and punish them.

The two named were Homa Bay Town Member of Parliament Peter Kaluma and his rival Washington Ogaga who has vowed to unseat the incumbent during next year’s elections.

Wrestling match

The two were seen on camera engaging in a fist fight before wrestling one another to the ground in front of the charged crowd and other ODM leaders.

The supporters of rival leaders engaged in a heckling and shouting match with each camp trying to do the other before the scene degenerated into a physical battle.

Attempts by Homa Bay Women Representative to quell the wild crowd proved futile.

It was only after the intervention of party leader Raila Odinga who was accompanied by Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho that the unruly crowd who were hurling stones at the main dais were finally quelled.

Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma sustained injuries as he tried to flee from the ensuing melee.

ODM national chairman John Mbadi condemned the incident, calling it unfortunate.

“We are going to question those who fought in the rallies because that was unfortunate and least expected,” Mr Mbadi said.

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