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Violence mar ODM primaries in Busia

ODM nominations in Busia County started off on a wrong foot after Deputy Governor Kizito Wangalwa’s vehicle was smashed, its tires deflated and driver attacked by rowdy youth on Wednesday night.

Mr Wangalwa’s liaison officer Lambert Ogochi said Mr Wangalwa was not in the vehicle at the time of the attack.

According to Mr Ogochi a group of youths stopped the vehicle near Marachi estate, deflated the tires and smashed one of the windows before giving the driver a thorough beating.

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“They also stole a laptop and an Ipad during the incident,” Mr Ogochi said.

Nation.co.ke team found the vehicle parked at the county headquarters but by 7am the matter had not been reported to police.

A tough contest is expected between Governor Sosepeter Ojamoong’ and Funyula MP Paul Otuoma.

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The two were pardoned by ODM disciplinary committee on Wednesday over alleged election violence.

Voting was yet to kick off by 8am in most polling stations despite the party’s National Elections Board word that the exercise will begin at 6 am.

There was heavy security presence at the Busia Police Station at 6am as ODM election officials collected ballot boxes for dispatch to various polling stations.

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Western region deputy police boss Leonard Omollo said security has been beefed during the exercise.

He warned aspirants against inciting their supporters and those found propagating the violence will face the law.

“We have deployed security officers in all 175 polling stations and tallying centres in the county,” Mr Omollo said.

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