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3 injured after Wanga, Kidero supporters clash in Homa Bay
1 day ago
Three people are nursing injuries at Homa Bay Referral Hospital after supporters of two front runners in the county gubernatorial race clashed.

Supporters of Gladys Wanga of ODM and those of Evans Kidero who is running as an Independent candidate fought in Homa Bay town ahead of their final political rallies Saturday.

Wanga had booked Homa Bay Stadium while Kidero booked Jua Kali grounds for their final submissions to woo Homa Bay voters.

Violence erupted at Jua Kali grounds in the morning when youths allegedly allied to Wanga stormed the venue and started dismantling tents and kicking chairs.

The incident occurred when Kidero was still engaged in a series of rallies Magunga, Mbita, Ndhiwa, Oyugis and Kendu Bay.

Wanga had also held a rally in Makongeni in Homa Bay town before she moved to Kabuoch in Ndhiwa.

The group clashed at the Jua Kali grounds where two people were injured in the ensuing melee and rushed to hospital.

After about three hours, a different group of youth stormed the grounds seemingly to retaliate.

The two rival factions engaged in a fight before police arrived and intervened. The officers had to lob teargas to disperse the group.

"One person was injured near the gate of the stadium. The man was taken to hospital for treatment," a resident said.

Homa Bay County Commissioner Moses Lilan described the incidents and unfortunate saying they have launched investigations.

"We are pursuing the matter and we will take appropriate action against the culprits," Lilan said.

He told politicians to restrain their supporters during elections.

A campaign vehicle of Kanu senate candidate Tom Ojanga was also stoned near the stadium during the fracas. Its windscreen was smashed during the violence.

Ojanga accused ODM politicians of failure to maintain peace during their campaigns.

"They behave as people who have sensed defeat. Let Homa Bay people decide on the people they want to lead them," Ojanga said.