NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 4 – Police are investigating an incident in Migori where gun shots were fired and injuries reported during an Orange Democratic Movement rally, when supporters of Governor Okoth Obado and his rival Ochillo Ayacko clashed.
Police Spokesman Charles Owino stated that the incident could have been ugly were it not for the heavy security deployment at Posta Grounds.
“As police we are on top of things and the incident that took place in Migori yesterday is under investigations and we are going to come up with very good results on that. Mostly, we are going to be very strict on public order. Each and every politician will have to follow procedure when engaging in campaigns,” he said.
During the confrontation, a bodyguard to Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho sustained a bullet wound but it remains unclear who shot at him, with Owino blaming local politicians for the mess.
“What happened in Migori is not a police or government scheme. It has nothing to do with the government,” he said.
Incumbent Governor Obado has accused Joho and Senators James Orengo and Anyang Nyong’o of staging a ‘coup’ in his constituency by seeking to endorse his rival.
Trouble started when Obado made his way into the podium against the wishes of Ayacko’s supporters.
Chaos erupted as police and politicians’ bodyguards started shooting into the air to disperse the rowdy supporters.
It’s during this time that bodyguard to Joho was accidentally shot and was rushed to hospital with injuries.
The politicians were hurriedly whisked to safety as the meeting ended in disarray.
The meeting was to be addressed by Governor Joho, in his capacity as the ODM Deputy Party Leader.