Local rivalry between two NASA gubernatorial candidates took centre stage in Nasa Presidential rally in Bungoma town forcing the rally to end prematurely.
Not even an effort by Nasa Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga and Bungoma Senator, Moses Wetang’ula could quel the drama.
Trouble started when Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale tried to endorse Ford Kenya’s gubernatorial candidate, Wycliffe Wangamati for the Bungoma seat.
Supporters of ODM candidate Alfred Khang’ati popularly known as ‘Maghufuli’ heckled Khalwale forcing him to cut short his speech.
In the meantime gubernatorial aspirants exchanged blows on the main dias as Odinga watched pensively.
Chaos broke out as ODM supporters chanted Khang’ati’s name.
Confrontation between security details at the main dias took centre stage as they tried to protect their various candidates.
Local police cordoned off the podium to prevent the youth from accessing the main dias who were against Khalwale.
Wetang’ula’s efforts to calm down the crowd were met by chants of “Kaa Chini! (sit down!).
It took Odinga about 10 minutes to calm down the crowd and have them listen and maintain order.
Odinga then called on all the gubernatorial aspirants to the podium and asked them to put their house in order lest their main rival in Jubilee defeats them
“You are all our people and the people will decide who is the best candidate. If you do not get your act together you will be defeated by Jubilee,” said Odinga.
Khang’ati and Wangamati are facing off in the gubernatorial race to unseat Jubilee candidate, Ken Lusaka in the August elections.
The meeting then ended is disarray as Odinga walked off the podium after trying to resolve the issue.
Present at the heavily-attended rally was Raila’s running-mate and Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Sanators James Orengo (ODM, Siaya), Elizabeth Ongoro (ODM, nominated), MPs Dr Eseli Simiyu (Ford Kenya, Tongaren), Wafula Wamunyinyi (FK, Kanduyi), Dr Chris Wamalwa (FK, Kiminini), Bungoma Women Rep aspirant Catherine Wambilianga (FK) among others.
Odinga was in the county where he conducted a series of rallies in Cheptais, Sirisia, Chwele before the main rally in Bungoma.
During the rally Odinga hailed the ruling by Court of Appeal judges for maintaining that the results announced at the constituency level were final.
He said the ruling was important as it will prevent vote tampering during the final tally in Nairobi as was the case in previous elections.