A day after a group of rowdy youths disrupted his meeting in Migori County, businessman Jimmy Wanjigi received a cheerful welcome in Siaya yesterday where he reiterated that Friday’s event will not stop his drive to campaign in Nyanza.
Addressing Orange democratic movement officials drawn from Siaya, Wanjigi blamed the incident on a few youths whom he described as strangers in the area.
“They thought that they would stop us but, “onge ringo” (no running away),” he said.
He said that it was not illegal for him to declare intention to seek the ODM presidential ticket, adding that as a life member, he had all the rights.
Wanjigi said ODM party may not need to form coalition with any party during the next general elections if the party members and officials join forces to campaign vigorously across the country.
“Let us work towards ensuring that ODM forms the next government alone. Raila and I have the formula,” he told the delegates.
He said that he and the former prime minister have a long history dating back to around 1991 and that they had, on several occasions, come to each other’s aide when the system was on their necks.
Meanwhile, quick action by police saved the life of the organiser of the meeting who had been mobbed by a group of youths and delegates baying for her blood for allegedly short changing them.
Mildred Ochieng, the coordinator of the Jimmy Wanjigi presidential campaign in Siaya had to be locked inside a room at the Distinction Gardens hotel where Wanjigi had met the delegates, after the irate youths roughed her up while walking out, demanding payment.
The youths and a section of the delegates complained that they had been promised a Sh5, 000 allowance each on invitation but ended up getting Sh500 only.
“She has to give us what was promised,” said a delegate from Rarieda who said the Sh500 was not enough to cater for his transport back home.
The delegates said the Jimmy Wanjigi campaigns were bound to fail if he went ahead to deal with brokers out to enrich themselves at the expense of genuine Orange Democratic Movement officials.