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Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho’s bodyguard was shot and injured by one attached to Migori’s Okoth Obado during a chaotic ODM rally on Monday, an MP has said.
Obado made good his threat to prevent ODM from holding a rally in Migori town.
The rally at Posta grounds was completely disrupted when he arrived unannounced as Kisumu Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o addressed the crowd.
Immediately after seeing him, the crowd booed and threw water bottles, stones and shoes at the podium.
This forced Obado’s guards to fire in the air. A bullet went through a VIP seat in an area where dignitaries were seated.
The seat had blood stains but it was not clear which official was shot.
Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir told the Star: “This was an assassination attempt. They were after Joho. Our car was shot at three times.”
Nassir said Joho cheated death and that a supporter who had just taken a selfie with the Governor was also shot.
He downplayed claims of bad blood between Obado and Joho, saying the chaos were as a result of the rising political temperatures.
Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho following a chaotic ODM rally in Migori town, April 3, 2017. /COURTESY
Police were not immediately available for comment.
Joho’s rallies have either been cancelled or ended in chaos. Police have given reasons including lack of approval and their inability to provide security.
The Governor was in the county to officially launch ODM office with fellow ODM deputy leader Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega).
A group earlier demonstrated against Obado after ODM organisers were locked out of Migori county stadium.
Trouble began on Sunday night when an unknown arsonist threw a petrol bomb at ODM’s new Migori county office ahead of its official launch today.