Defiant presidential candidate Jimi Wanjigi has vowed to go back to Migori a day after he was stoned and heckled by people believed to be supporters of his rivals during a roadside rally.
While condemning the incident, Wanjigi dismissed assertions any external player was involved pointing an accusing finger at the ODM party.
Speaking in Kisii, Wanjigi stated that those behind the chaos were against his message of free party primaries, adding that ODM party should allow him practice his democratic rights.
“We had a successful day yesterday in Homa bay, its unfortunate today in Migori we never had the chance to get to the hall and address the residents, we hope people were not hurt during the incident but property was destroyed and one of my media staff was injured,” he told news reporters as he retreated after a day-long engagement in Migori.
The presidential aspirant stated that a group of people who are opposed to his political agenda were keen to stop others from receiving his political message.
He said it was ironical since those involved prided themselves as democrats having fought for expansion of democratic space in the country in apparent reference to the party leader, Raila Odinga.
The incident sparked condemnation even as ODM leaders distanced themselves from the incident.
The business tycoon’s recent calls for democratic nominations within the ODM party appears to have irked some officials within the party who have since embarked on an offensive to stop him from spreading the message.
On September 3, ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna told off Wanjigi over his calls for a National Delegates Conference (NDC) to pick the party’s flag bearer for the 2022 presidential election.
Sifuna said the party will use any of the four procedures laid out in its regulations to pick a its candidates for various seats.
“The rules provide for four ways of nominating party candidates. You can have nomination through consensus, direct ticket, delegates or through universal suffrage,” Sifuna said in a veiled reference to demands made by Wanjigi when he visited the party headquarters on August 27.