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Raila escapes unhurt after gunmen disrupt Turkana rally

Turkana Central MP John Lodepe with Cord leader Raila Odinga in Lokichar in Lokichar, Turkana county, February 17, 2017. /COURTESY
Turkana Central MP John Lodepe with Cord leader Raila Odinga in Lokichar in Lokichar, Turkana county, February 17, 2017. /COURTESY

More than 15 gunmen disrupted opposition leader Raila Odinga's rally in Lokichar, Turkana county on Friday.

Raila was meeting ODM delegates in Katilie ward when the men began firing from the back at around 1.30pm, spokesman Dennis Onyango told the Star.

The Star could not independently verify the exact number of gunmen.

Onyango said the meeting had to come to an end forcing them to move Raila to another location for safety. Raila escaped unhurt.

According to residents, the men started throwing stones before the shooting took place.

Raila is in Turkana for a three-day visit accompanied by Homa Bay women Rep Gladys Wanga and other ODM leaders.

Turkana Central MP John Lodepe was present at the Friday function.

Lodepe was a former deputy party leader at URP, which has since been dissolved in Jubilee Party.

ODM communications director Philip Etale accused an area MP of disrupting the meeting.

"The goons were allegedly hired by an area MP who recently joined Jubilee from Ford Kenya party," Etale said via Facebook on Friday.


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