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Sunday 26 October 2014


The war pitting Nyakach MP Aduma Owuor and his predecessor Ochieng Daima took the centrestage during Mashujaa Day celebrations in Kisumu when their supporters attacked each other over media reports on alleged love affair between the Owuor and a cleaner at his CDF office.
Drama unfolded at Kisumu Sports Ground where Governor Jack Ranguma presided over the celebrations when a group of rowdy youths fished out a one  Philemon Akello from the dais before roughing him up in the full glare of police officers deployed to provide security during the event.
Akello who is the personal assistant of  Daima was saved from the ugly scene after another group of heavily built men intervened and repulsed kicks and blows aimed at visibly shaken Akello, who was immediately dashed  into a waiting taxi which drove at a breakneck speed to Sunset Hotel, a kilometre from the sports ground.
Instantly, after the ugly incident, Aduma who did not turn up for Mashujaa Day fete stormed one of the local daily newspaper offices in Kisumu in company of part of the hooligans and demanded to be told why the media was tearing apart his marriage and political life.
“Yes, he stormed our offices while dangling a copy of Weekly Citizen newspaper and blamed us for exposing the rumours of his love affair which consequently got exclusive and authoritative coverage by the weekly newspaper,’’ said one of the Star newspaper correspondents.
Trouble started after the MP attacked Akello for being behind the fast spreading rumours linking him to an illicit love affair with a cleaner at Pap-Onditi CDF office.
According to the victim, the MP pounced on him in Nyakach during the burial of Doris Akoth and hit him on the chest and issued warnings of upgraded action should the troubling rumours persist.
The rumours claimed that Aduma was forced to rent an apartment for his new lover at Tom Mboya, one of the posh estates at the lakeside town.
Our chain of tipsters gave corroboratory statements pointing out that the woman in the love triangle “Nyaringa” is relatively old with two grown-up children.
It is also reported that the woman’s husband, a dobi at Pap-Onditi market, is a man well versed with the alleged ongoing affair between the two but has resolved to protest silently as opposed to normal scenarios where the man would have been expected to completely go wild.
Aduma who is not new to controversy has however vehemently denied the rumoured love affair and accused his political rival Daima  of trying to implicate him in a love triangle that never was.
Last year, the soft-spoken Aduma who is a lawyershocked the nation when he dumped a body of an elderly man at the doorstep of Nyanza provincial coordinator Francis Mutie’s office as a style of protesting the upsurge in insecurity after the man was killed by cattle rustlers in his constituency.
In the meantime, Akello has expressed fear over his life following the twin attacks and has since changed his ways of operations after it dawned on him that the same group that attacked him on the Mashujaa Day was still on his trail.
“I have decided to remain tactful. I don’t visit the social places I frequented before as well as making only technical appearances in my office. They have been trying to locate me where I eat lunch and the other day, another group came to visit me,” said Akello.
It was not clear why he did not report the matter to the police.

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