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Millie Odhiambo house torched in Mbita as protests erupt in Homa Bay

A house belonging to Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo was set ablaze on Wednesday as protests erupted in Homa Bay and Kisumu town over the ODM party nominations.

Ms Odhiambo’s home in Koyani village in Lambwe was burnt as residents protested after she was announced winner in the Mbita Constituency ODM nominations.

Her rival, Jim Akali accused Ms Odhiambo off rigging the ODM nominations in the constituency. The MP garnered 8,900 votes against Mr Akali’s 7,996 while Ms Judy Kamaria got 3,201 votes according to returning officer Phillip Okong’o.

“It is true that her house was burnt down by angry residents but I am not involved. I only protested against the nomination results in which she has been declared the winner,” said Mr Akali.

Ms Odhiambo told Nation.co.ke that she has recorded statements with the criminal investigations department officers over the incident.

“I want Mr Akali to be arrested over the incident. I am suspecting that he sent his supporters to burn my house,” said Ms Odhiambo.

In Kisumu town, police were forced to use teargas canisters to disperse youths who were protesting the award of the ODM ticket to Kisumu central MP Ken Obura.

The youths argued that Mr Obura had been rigged in at the expense of Gem Central MCA Fred Ouda.

An entourage of boda boda riders led by Kisumu governor Jack Ranguma, who were protesting the win of senator Anyang’ Nyong’o for the ODM governorship ticket, were caught in the melee.

Hundreds of Mr Ouda’s supporters thronged the streets chanting his slogans.

Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o garnered 164,110 votes against the governor’s 91,480.

Protesters at Kamas in Kisumu on Wednesday said they will not accept any other candidate other than Mr Ouda.

Reports by Justus Ochieng, Barrack Oduor and Angela Oketch.

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