Violence mars ODM rally as local leaders and supporters clash in Raila’s presence

It took the intervention of Raila to calm down the rowdy supporters before the rally finally proceeded as scheduled.

ODM leader Raila Odinga addresses supporters in Mbita, Homa Bay County.

Violence marred an ODM rally on Sunday in Homabay County as local leaders and their supporters clashed during a rally attended by party leader Raila Odinga.

The chaos started before the entry of the ODM leader when area governor Cyprian Awiti and Kasipul Kabondo MP Oyugi Magwanga both attempted to make their way towards the main dais at the Homa Bay Stadium.

The supporters of the two 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.

The Kasipul Kabondo MP has declared his intention to vie for the Homa Bay gubernatorial position and unseat the incumbent Cyprian Awiti during next year’s elections.

Fist fight

The commotion led to another fight between Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma and Washington Ogaga who is seeking to unseat him next year as the crowd hurled stones at the main dais.

In the ensuing melee, Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma sustained injuries during the incident.

Attempts by Homa Bay Women Representative to quell the wild crowd proved futile before Raila who was accompanied by Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho arrived and managed to maintain order and peace at the rally.

The party later said disciplinary action will be taken against aspirants who caused trouble at the stadium.

Last year, the area Senator Moses Kajwang was injured when rival supporters hurled projectiles at the main dais during a funeral before the senatorial by elections.

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