The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) on Tuesday announced that it will summon and grill eight politicians who caused chaos on Sunday in Homa Bay County during the second anniversary of the late Senator Otieno Kajwang’.
ODM’s Chief Executive Officer Oduor Ong’wen disclosed that the Orange Party had conducted investigations and identified the politicians who were responsible for the chaos.
“We are going to summon those who caused chaos in the Homa Bay rally and punish them,” Mr Ong’wen affirmed.
ODM national chairman John Mbadi echoed Ong’wen’s sentiments stating that stern action would be taken against those found culpable.
“We are going to question those who fought in the rallies because that was unfortunate and least expected,” Mr Mbadi stated.
Although the party didn’t issue specific names, a section of ODM leaders caused an ugly scene on Sunday after they engaged in a physical fight.
Trouble began when supporters of Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti and Kasipul-Kabondo MP Oyugi Magwanga began to force their way to the dais at a local stadium.
Awiti’s supporters shouted that he must be re-elected while those of Magwanga, who has already declared an interest in the Governor’s seat, said the incumbent Governor must go home.
While the supporters were chanting slogans, an argument ensued between Awiti and the legislator before they pounced on each other with kicks and blows.
Matters got worse when Homa Bay Town MP Opondo Kaluma engaged Mr Washington Ogaga, who has vowed to dethrone him, in a physical battle.
Fighting had started before Odinga arrived and when he made his way to the Homa Bay stadium accompanied by Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, they didn’t stop and continued to wrestle on the podium.
The former Prime Minister had a difficult time separating the Governor and the MP before Joho and other leaders helped to stop the fight.