Heavy Fighting and destruction hits A rally in Funyula as supporters of Ojamong,Otuoma clash

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A group of supporters  attacks their rivals during the clash at Funyula market on April 7, 2017. Scores were injured/UPESINEWS

BY KORIR JUMA/ CORRESPONDENT,FUNYULA,7TH APRIL 2017-Heavy fighting and destruction  erupted  Friday  after supporters of Funyula MP Paul Otuoma and Busia Governor Sosepeter Ojamoong clashed in Funyula.Scores are also reported to have been injured as they tried to leave the venue of the meeting.

Violence broke out moments before Dr Otuoma arrived at Funyula market, where he was scheduled to address a rally.

Mr Otuoma had called the rally ahead of Orange Democratic Movement primaries slated for Saturday.

The  party has however pushed the nominations  to April 14 for Bungoma, Busia and Machakos.

The mobs attacked each other with rocks, with women and children being caught in the crossfire.

Things begun going wrong  when Mr Ojamoong’s supporters stormed the venue as leaders allied to Dr Otuoma were addressing the public.

Dr Otuoma’s sympathisers engaged their opponents in a stone throwing battle and caught of them, whom they gave thorough beating.

Supporters of the two politicians leave the venue of the rally  flee  at Funyula market on April 7, 2017./UPESINEWS

However, Samia  region Police boss Mary Kiarie said she was not aware of those injured during the rally.

“I have not received any report regarding the allegations,” Ms Kiarie said.

Addressing the gathering on arrival, Dr Otuoma condemned acts of violence adding that no amount of intimidation would stop him from clinching the party ticket.

Otuoma and Mr Ojamoong are  both looking for the ODM party ticket after Otuoma announced his intentions to vie for the governorship of Busia in the August 8th Elections.

 

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