Protests in Likoni over disputed ODM nomination results

Protests in Likoni over disputed ODM nomination results

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A protester holding a placard during the demonstrations PHOTO Weldon Kemboi

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.

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