ODM to grill eight politicians over violence at Homabay rally

The Orange Democratic Movement party will summon and grill eight politicians who exchanged blows during a rally in Homabay town on Sunday.

ODM Chief Executive Officer Oduor Ong’wen said that they have investigated the incident and identified eight politicians who were culpable of the violence which erupted during a public meeting to commemorate the second anniversary of the death of Senator Otieno Kajwang.

Mr Ong’wen did not name all the politicians involved but mentioned Homabay Town Member of Parliament Peter Kaluma and his rival Washington Ogaga were part of the eight.

“We are going to summon those who caused chaos in the Homa Bay rally and punish them,” said Mr Ong’wen.

Mr Kaluma and Mr Ogaga, an aspirant seeking to unseat the MP, fought at the Homabay town stadium before Cord leader Raila Odinga arrived at the venue.

During the rally, a rowdy crowd also booed and pelted stones at leaders forcing them to flee.

Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma and Dr Hezron Mac’ Obewa, a gubernatorial candidate seeking to unseat Mr Ranguma, took to their heels to save their lives.

Ong’wen said that the party’s national executive council is set to grill the eight politicians over the violence.

ODM National Chairman John Mbadi condemned the incident terming it as 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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