Chaos erupted at Bishop Stam hall in Kakamega County on Wednesday, May 10, after it emerged that Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong was not going to be issued with an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) certificate for his re-election bid.
ODM candidates from Western Kenya, who triumphed in the Party primaries held late last month, received certificates at the Bishop Stam hall, and supporters of Governor Ojaamong stormed the venue demanding he be issued with his certificate after all the candidates were given their certificates, but Ojaamong’s was missing.
The exercise led by Western Kenya ODM election board head, Norah Anindo, was temporarily interrupted by Ojaamong’s angry supporters.
Anindo had clarified that Ojaamong’s certificate had not yet been printed, eliciting fury among Ojaamong’s supporters, who wanted a reason be given as to why the Busia Governor’s certificate was missing, yet other candidates had received theirs.
Police were forced to intervene and rescue Anindo from the irate Ojaamong supporters, who wanted to attack him after closing the hall’s main entrance. They accused Anindo of planning to lock out Ojaamong from the governor’s race on August 8.
It took Kakamega Governor Wylcliffe Oparanya’s intervention to calm the rowdy youth.
Oparanya, who is ODM’s deputy party leader, said Ojaamong’s certificate had been printed but had an error, which will be corrected soon.