, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 28 – The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) is blaming security officers for failing to control the weekend violence in Dandora during the party’s grassroots elections.
In a statement, ODM Executive Director Oduor Ong’wen says despite having security officers manning the crowds, violence broke out.
“We are concerned that the law enforcement agencies seem to have abdicated their responsibility of maintaining law and order as this happened in their presence,” he said.
The violence left scores of people injured and police were yet to confirm other casualties feared dead.
According to ODM Election Secretary for Dandora 4 and 5, Ababu Osii; “two people died and their bodies are lying at City Mortuary’.
“Many others are admitted with deep panga cuts.”
Family members of the deceased on Monday were meeting to cope with the loss of their dear ones following the violent ODM grassroots election.
ODM on the other hand urged its members to stay calm and wait for the Nairobi County Disputes Resolution Board to address the dispute that led to the violence.
“The grievances raised by the warring factions fighting for the party leadership in Dandora are among those that were filed with the Disputes Board,” Ong’wen said when he also explained the reason for postponing the election of the ODM County Office bearers.
He further said the party will not tolerate any acts of violence and indiscipline.
During the violence, ODM party office in Dandora was burnt and property belonging to various people was also destroyed.