Kenya: Joho guard shot at chaotic ODM rally

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Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho’s bodyguard was shot when violence erupted at an Orange Democratic Movement rally in Migori Town on Monday.

Mr Salim Manzwana suffered a serious leg injury as he attempted to protect his boss at Migori Posta Grounds.

He was rushed to Kisumu for specialised treatment. It is not yet clear who shot Mr Manzwana.

Tens of people, including journalists, were injured before the meeting which Mr  Joho, Senators  Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu), James Orengo (Siaya), Uriri MP John Kobado and his Suna East counterpart Junet Mohammed were to address.

The leaders’ bodyguards formed a shield around them as gunshots rent the air. The ODM leaders were in the area to open a party office at the invitation of Mr Mohammed.

Migori Governor Okoth Obado was said to be uncomfortable with the meeting

An injured man being treated at a local hospital after chaos broke during an ODM rally in Migori town on April 3, 2017. PHOTO | BARACK ODUOR | NATION MEDIA GROUP
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Mr Obado and Mr Mohammed have a frosty relationship.  The office that was to be opened on Monday was almost burnt on Sunday night.

SCAMPERED FOR SAFETY

Also at the meeting was former minister Ochillo Ayacko who is eyeing Mr Obado’s seat. Men, women and children scampered for safety.

Window panes of buildings near the meeting venue were smashed. A bullet hit one of the windows.

In a statement later, Mr Joho condemned the violence, saying it was an attempt to assassinate ODM leaders.

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