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Kaluma retains Homa Bay MP seat

Homa Bay town constituency Member of Parliament Peter Kaluma Opondo retained his seat after winning in the Tuesday Election.

Kaluma who vied on an ODM ticket polled 24, 885 to beat 6 opponents was declared the winner by Gregory Ouko, the constituency returning officer.

In Homa Bay parliamentary race, Miyare George Ouma, an independent candidate came second with 8, 429 votes followed by Ocholla Noah.

Other candidates included Adede Otieno, Mbuya Onyango, Humphery Odhiambo, and Ogindo Martin.

Meanwhile, police in Homa Bay on Wednesday night arrested five people found in possession of weapons around two tallying centers.

The suspects were allegedly planning to disrupt the tallying process in Homa Bay and Kabondo Kasipul constituencies.

In Homa Bay town, four men were roaming around the County Governor’s office armed with knives and a club when they were intercepted by police officers.

The office of the governor is however a few metres away from Tom Mboya University which is the county tallying center.

According to Homa Bay County Police Commander, Sammy Kosgei, the men were walking around the premises before they were confronted by the police.

“The men were intercepted 500 meters away from the county tallying center. It is an offence to carry weapons in public and so we had to apprehend them,” he confirmed.

It has not yet been established the motive behind their act, the police commander added.

In Kabondo Kasipul constituency tallying center at Ringa Boys High School, two men who posed as security agents and a chief agent to one of the MCAs tried to gain entry into the school compound but were stopped at the gate by police officers who were manning the gate.

When security personnel probed them to determine the truth about their identity, one homemade pistol was recovered from them.

By Sitna Omar and Brian Odhiambo

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