August 9

Rowdy youths pelt Gumbo’s entourage with stones, block him from Raila’s Siaya rally

Saturday, July 2nd, 2022 17:56 | By
Nicholas Gumbo's car after rowdy youths attacked him PHOTO/Nicholas Gumbo/Facebook

Former Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo, who is gunning for the Siaya gubernatorial seat on a UDM party ticket, was met with resistance as he made his way to one of Azimio's political rallies in Siaya County.

The ex-lawmaker stated that a group of rowdy youths pelted his entourage with stones in what seemed like a well-orchestrated plan to block him from attending the Raila-led rallies.

"After we unearthed their scheme to cause chaos at the rallies, they resorted to violence while blocking other Azimio one Kenya Coalition Party candidates and me from accessing the events. The matter has been forwarded to the police for the goons responsible to be held accountable. I, therefore, urge my supporters to remain calm. Our journey is still on course. A new dawn for Siaya is nigh," read a post on his official Facebook page.

Gumbo's car
Gumbo's car PHOTO/Nicholas Gumbo/Facebook

The former chairman of the Public Accounts Committee urged his supporters to remain calm as the police work round the clock to apprehend the perpetrators. He was categorical that the youths were acting at the behest of one of his competitors in the Rasanga succession race.

Gumbo, who ditched ODM for UDM, is making his second stab at the gubernatorial seat in a race that pits him against Raila's close ally and the incumbent Siaya Senator James Orengo.

ODM Leader Raila Odinga endorses Siaya Senator James Orengo and EALA MP Oburu Odinga during a rally in Siaya. PHOTO/Courtesy

He is, however, faced with a hurdle after Raila Odinga publicly endorsed Senator Orengo for the county head position. During Azimio's political lap of Siaya county, the ODM leader asked his supporters to adopt the six-piece voting pattern. He stated that the pattern would enhance the formation of a stable government should he bag the presidency in August.

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