27 arrested planning to disrupt Joho's event

The 27 suspects were armed with crude weapons.


On Monday youths suspected to be allied to area Member of Parliament Nicholas Gumbo clashed with ODM supporters forcing the National Super Alliance flag bearer, Raila Odinga to cut short his rally.

The irate youths pelted stones and chairs at each other forcing those who had thronged the venue in wait for Raila to scamper for safety.

After failing to clinch the ODM party Ticket during the party primaries, Mr. Gumbo decided to vie as an independent candidate against incumbent Cornel Rasanga in the race to become Siaya next governor.

Police were forced to lob teargas at the unruly youths in order to disperse them.

"Our youths are supposed to be empowered, not to be taken for granted to cause violence during campaigns." Alego Usonga ODM chairman Oruenjo Umidha said after the ugly incident.

Sam Hawala, ODM candidate for Siaya Township ward also added his voice to the clashes by asking those who are still nursing wounds from ODM primaries not to vent their anger on Raila.

"Our party leader was neither a returning officer nor a clerk during the nominations," Hawala said on Thursday.

Whats more, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has listed Siaya as one of the areas with high incidence of conflict in their electoral risk mapping.

Things however seem not to have cooled down if latest development is anything to go by.

Police in Kisumu today arrested 27 suspects armed with crude weapons.

It is suspected the gang members were planning to disrupt a Nasa rally in Nyando expected to  be led by Mombasa governor Hassan Joho.

Joho and Nasa Principals were today also at a rally at Narok stadium ahead  of August Elections.


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