NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 31 – ODM Homa Bay candidate Moses Kajwang was Friday injured in a fracas while attending a funeral in Kochia, Rangwe Constituency.
All was well aside from the occasional boos and insults shouted from a section of the crowd, as Kajwang, who seeks to inherit the seat previously held by his brother the late Otieno Kajwang’ took to the podium.
However all hell broke loose when Kajwang’, seemingly forgetting that he was in his rivals’ Engineer Philip Okundi home turf criticised his candidature amid boos from the mourners.
Mourners were forced to flee as the irate youth pelted Kajwang’ and his entourage comprising, County women representative Glady’s Wanga and his elder brother, Ruaraka MP, Tom Kajwang’ with stones.
Gunshots rented the air as police tried to disperse the rowdy youth who were baying for the blood of the three leaders whom they have accused of trying to impose a leader on them.
In the process Kajwang’ was hit on the head and had to be rushed to Homa Bay county referral hospital where he was treated and discharged.
He later recorded a statement at the Homa Bay police station and urged the police to conduct thorough investigations and bring the culprits to book; he also threatened to report the matter to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
Kajwang was handpicked by the Party’s National Elections Board after the botched nominations exercise prompting defiance from a section of ODM MPs and supporters in the county.
Some of his rivals even quit the party claiming that there was no democracy.
The CORD leadership is Saturday expected to pitch tent in various areas of Homa Bay to campaign for Kajwang’ ahead of the February 12 by-election.
Moses Wetangula is leading a team of MPs including TJ Kajwang (Ruaraka), Peter Kaluma (Homabay Town) and John Mbadi (Suba) to campaign in Ndhiwa constituency.
They first attended a church service in Obera before addressing roadside rallies within the constituency ahead of a major rally at Ndhiwa trading centre later in the evening.
On the other hand, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya who also doubles up as ODM deputy party leader is leading another team from Chabera in Kasipul Kabondo constituency and will transverse the area and hold a major rally later in the evening at Oyugis town in Kasipul constituency.