Police were forced to split furious youths who had blocked Kakamega–Bungoma road at Shibale market, where leader Raila Odinga was supposed to speak in ODM rally scheduled in the area on Friday.
Mr Odinga was addressing in ODM rally held at Matungu when the riot began. As a consequence, Mr Odinga had to scrap the trip, flying from Matungu to Shianda, a short distance not up to 20 kilometers.
The youths said their reason was that ODM has a hand in the near collapse of Mumias Sugar Company.
At Shianda market, the ODM leader urged western region to keep supporting the party because Jubilee has swept the region under the carpet.
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Some stone-throwing youths in the rally told the leader to give his support to a Luhya presidential candidate in 2017 election.
“Raila, rudisha mkono (Raila reciprocate the favour),” they said.
Those who joined Raila in addressing Matungu called on Cord co-leader Moses Wetang’ula to support Mr Odinga. They said the ODM leader has a wider national network.
“Wetang’ula should stop grumbling about the Cord ticket and help to popularise the coalition,” said Butere MP Andrew Toboso in response to Mr Wetang’ula comment on Thursday night that he was the most suitable candidate to face Jubilee next year.
Mr Odinga said the ruling party bribed the angry youths to mar his trip.
The protesters also told Raila to sort the issue at sugar sector. However, ODM leader said he was not the person emitting the problem in the said problem. Mr Odinga said:
“The problems at Mumias have been caused by poor management and dumping of cheap sugar into the local market.”
It is alleged that Mr Odinga will go to Shibale market to address the youth who disrupted his planned rally there.
The leaders who accompanied Mr Odinga were Tom Kajwang (Ruaraka MP), Rachael Ameso, Opiyo Wandayi (Ugunja MP), Nancy Abisai (EALA) and nominated Senator Daisy Kananinza.