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Youths disrupt Governor Ongwae rally in Kisii

Kisii County Governor James Ongwae was on Wednesday forced to cut short his address to Ekona residents after rowdy youths caused chaos demanding for services.

Mr Ongwae’s attempts to calm the furious residents fell on deaf ears as the crowd chanted slogans ridiculing him and demanded for installation of streetlights at the urban centre.

The governor was forced to hand the microphone over to a different speaker.

“I have heard your concerns and will ensure the lights are fixed tomorrow,” said the governor amid murmurs from the crowd.

ODM’s county branch leadership has been traversing the county asking eligible voters to register.

In a rare show of defiance and disappointment with Mr Ongwae’s administration, residents heckled and booed at speakers in some of the venues the caravan visited.

For instance, the caravan ran into another hostile group of youths at Kenyenya township.

Youths chanting slogans in support of Jubilee gubernatorial candidate, Senator Chris Obure, stormed the venue burning ODM t-shirts.

A security officer, Peter Osugo, confronted one of the youths and in return the young man hurled a burning r-shirt at him.

Mr Osugo sustained burn injuries on his head and was rushed to Galaxy Hospital in Kisii Town.

At Eberege Trading Centre, rowdy youths threw stones at the caravan’s vehicles as it departed from the area.

A pickup carrying ODM supporters overturned about 200 metres from the trading centre after it came under attack by unknown people.

Three youths were slightly injured in the incident.

Governor Ongwae dismissed the incidents as the work of rowdy youth who were paid by rival aspirants to create trouble.

“On the overall, we can say that most of the venues were receptive to us,” he said.

He expressed confidence in the party’s chances of winning in the upcoming elections, saying the campaign season was yet to formally kick off.

“The campaign period is yet to commence, and we shall cross the bridge when we get there. Our party is still the dominant political force in Kisii,” he said.

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