This is why they attempted to assassinate me – Joho

Joho through a statement shortly after the violent scenes said that the entire operation had all the markings of an assassination attempt.

Suna East MP Mohammed Junet with Mombasa governor Hassan Joho in Migori town before the chaos erupted on Monday.

Joho through a statement shortly after the violent scenes said that the entire operation had all the markings of an assassination attempt which left one of his body guards shot and wounded in the leg.

One of the cars on Joho’s motorcade was also hit by at least two bullets.

“We have reason to believe that trained security officers in civilian attires were responsible for the attack on us,” Joho said.

Governor warning

Migori Governor Okoth Obado is said to have warned ODM leaders that he would not allow them to hold the rally in the area.

Governor Obado blamed the organisers of the rally led by Joho, Senators Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu) and James Orengo (Siaya), of not informing him of the function in his own county.

"Governor Obado must explain why he chose to disrupt a gathering attended by top ODM leadership. This has confirmed to us that he is still in Jubilee,” Suna East MP Junet Mohammed later said.

Growing pattern

Joho said that the violence at Migori was part of a growing pattern of the politically motivated attacks and intolerance that Kenyans had witnessed in recent days.

Until today, most of the attacks have been verbal hence the pattern must be arrested before it escalated out of control.

“Only thorough investigations and bringing of perpetrators to justice will save the situation,” Joho said.

The Mombasa Governor deplored in the strongest possible terms the assassination attempt and demanded prompt and transparent investigations in order to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Keriako Tobiko early on Thursday morning directed the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Director Ndegwa Muhoro to commence investigations into the Migori violence.

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