ODM party begins Grilling members whose rallies have been rocked by violence

Mombasa governor Hassan Joho addresses the press after appearing before ODM Disciplinary committee on 10TH APRIL 2017/SOURCES

BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,10TH APRIL 2017-The Orange Democratic Movement party( ODM) Disciplinary Committee on Monday begun grilling  some of its  politicians following chaos  that  were witnessed at  their rallies across the country in last couple of weeks .Three Governors, two Members of Parliament and a former Member of Parliament appeared before the Fred Athuok committee on Monday.

Nominated Senator Elizabeth Ongoro and Ruaraka MP T.J Kajwang were the first into the boardroom to respond to counter allegations that they have been organizing youths to disrupt each other’s public meetings.

 Ongoro urged the Orange Party to do more to protect women candidates while Kajwang accused his competitor of pegging her entire campaign on the “woman card”.

“I was attacked by hired goons in my own meeting with women… that is the truth. What we need to know is who hired them and why they sent them; I have been filing reports with the party since September and I now want to see what they will do,” she said.

On his part Kajwang claimed that Ongoro was only playing to the gallery.

“There is a gender danger in this country. Men are in danger because members of the other gender would do anything and everybody seems to think that it is the man who is fighting and many of us (men) don’t speak in our houses when we are attacked. That is the truth,” Kajwang charged.

Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong appeared before the disciplinary team and said his competitor Paul Otuoma, currently the Funyula MP, should be held responsible for what transpired during a public rally in Busia Town which led to the death of one person and left scores of others with injuries.

 Migori Governor Okoth Obado and former Migori MP John Pesa were the last to appear before the team as they sought to shake off culpability of the violence that rocked an ODM Rally in the town after supporters of Obado and Migori gubernatorial aspirant Ochillo Ayacko clashed.

“I have never been violent in all my campaigns and I cannot associate myself with any form of violence. I have always been advocating for a very strong, united and peaceful ODM family and that will be my prayer each and every day,” added the Migori Governor.

Joho’s bodyguard was shot and injured during the chaotic ODM rally in Migori.

In trouble ensued when youths, believed to be Migori Governor Obado’s supporters stormed the function disrupting the proceedings.

Stones and water bottles were hurled at the ODM leaders, forcing them to scamper to safety.

This forced members of Obado’s security detail to fire in the air. A bullet went through a VIP seat in an area where dignitaries were seated.

Mombasa Governor and ODM Deputy Party Leader Ali Joho who also appeared before the ODM disciplinary team maintained that nobody will be spared if found to be involved in such ugly incidents.

“Violence will not be tolerated and if you dare take that route, just know that action will be taken. Let this serve as a warning to everyone,” said Governor Joho.

ODM’s Disciplinary Committee chairman Fred Athuok said the exercise is set to continue with 10 ODM leaders including, Senators James Orengo, Anyang Nyong’o and MP Junet Mohamed among others expected to honour the summons.

He has cautioned aspirants against acts of violence and incitement during this period that the party is preparing for primaries.

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