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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Protests as Otuoma's supporters ask ODM to declare him winner of Busia primaries

Funyula MP Paul Otuoma and Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong  during a past function. /FILE
Funyula MP Paul Otuoma and Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong during a past function. /FILE

Funyula MP Paul Otuoma supporters on Friday demanded that he be declared winner in the ODM Busia governor nominations.

Otuoma is fighting out with incumbent Sospeter Ojaamong for the ticket that will allow them take part in the August 8 general election.

Provisional results have showed that Ojaamong is leading with 93,358 votes against Otuoma's 63,752.

Chaos erupted as the returning officers announced results of constituencies that had been tallied.

"The results that are being announced are provisional. Any losing candidate can appeal," the chairman of the county elections board said.

The legislator's supporters shouting him down and cursed that they will not accept 'cooked results'.

"You can not read results from certain sub-counties and some have not been submitted," one of them said.

Some people said: "Chairman do not mislead us....with a due respect don't mislead us."

Security agents that were in the room were forced to quell the tension that was building in the hall. Two men were kicked out.

Other supporters said there were suspicions that the process was flawed.

"We had our own tallying centres and we know that Otuoma has won. We have issues with Teso North and Teso South," he said.

On Thursday, two ODM leaders in Busia and another in Bungoma county nursed injuries following chaos and confusion that rocked the party’s primaries that kicked off.

Despite tough talk by party honchos to rein in violence, Busia sub-branch treasurer David Otini and Angurai South ward chairman Joseph Okware were beaten by goons.

The ODM secretary for Webuye sub-branch was also hospitalised after being assaulted for allegedly favouring a particular candidate.

The primaries are a do-or-die for opposition chief Raila Odinga’s key allies and is promising to end the careers of some of the big names in the Kenyan political landscape.

In Teso South, the names of two parliamentary aspirants, Jeff Osiba and Geoffrey Omuse were missing from the ballot papers, heightening suspicion.

The party primaries started almost four hours late.

Ernest Wekesa and Julian Okware of Township and Musikoma wards respectively in Kanduyi constituency also had their names missing from ballot papers.

Read: Chaos mark first day of ODM primaries in Bungoma, Busia

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