Mombasa,KENYA:Hundreds of protesters took to the streets on Sunday to protest over alleged rigging in the ODM party primaries in Likoni constituency .
The primaries which were held on Saturday saw Likoni legislative aspirant and Mombasa women rep Mishi Mboko declared the winner garnering 5,935 votes against her closest opponent’s Hamisi Domoko 3,564 .
The over 200 protesters who had lit bonfires barricaded the Likoni-Ukunda road paralyzing transport for over two hours.
They protested with placards reading “Mr D-minus ndio chanzo cha kuiba kura”-which loosely translates Mr. D- is to be blamed for rigging.
They chanted “No Domoko, No Raila, No Joho!”
One of the protesters who identified himself as Odinga blamed the police saying that they threw teargas at them on Domoko’s strongholds for allegedly causing violence .
He added that majority of them were turned away hence they did not vote democratically and further called on the election board to nullify the results.
“We are giving them 2 hours to give Domoko his rightful certificate or we will decamp from the ODM party”said Mr. Odinga.
Mr Domoko who has disputed the results declared that he would run independently in the August general election.
He further criticized their party leader Raila Odinga,saying the party was lacking democracy and transparency.
“The digital register was being used in my strongholds while the IEBC register was being used in Mishi’s strongholds,”added Mr Domoko.
Efforts to get Mishi Mboko’s comments by the time of going to press were futile as her phone calls and texts messages went unanswered.