Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Jiorongo's rally falls flat as he is heckled by ODM supporters

Kaddu chairman Cyrus Jirongo had to cut short his speech during a campaign rally in Bungoma when a section of the crowd heckled and jeered him.

The former Rural Development minister then drove off towards Webuye skipping a planned event in the town where he was to open his party’s office.

Mr Jirongo was met with jeers from the crowd of less than 1000 when he tried to explain Kaddu’s plan to field parliamentary and civic aspirants in the December polls.

The former Lugari MP was met with boos as some people shouted: “Your are a traitor! You are a government project.”

Others shouted ODM slogans in support of presidential contender Raila Odinga as Mr Jirongo told the local community to refrain from supporting ODM blindly. He said they should only do so if one of their own was a member of the ODM pentagon.

Earlier, Mr Jirongo’s campaign organisers had to shift the venue from Posta grounds when it became apparent that wananchi were not keen to attend. ODM parliamentary and civic candidates in the area boycotted the meeting on grounds that they had not been invited.

It has been established that the Kaddu chairman refused to heed advice from key people and politicians from Bungoma that he calls off the hurriedly convened meeting.

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