Nakuru County ODM party leader Peter Ndungunya Ole Sono is dead.
Ole Sono died on Tuesday while receiving COVID-19 related complications treatment at the Nairobi Hospital.
“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing on of Peter Ole Osono, who was undergoing treatment at Nairobi Hospital for COVID- related ailments. Mr. Osono has was Chairman of ODM Nakuru County. We stand with his family, friends and ODM members in NKU at this trying time,” said ODM’s Executive Director, Oduor Ong’wen.
ODM has mourned the death of Ole Osono, eulogising him as a gallant soldier and a fierce defender of the party’s ideology.
“We have lost a gallant soldier in our movement, a fierce defender of our ideology, a true loyalist who stood against any forces that tried to shake ODM in Nakuru County, a man of the people & a natural leader; our Nakuru County Chairman Mzee Peter Ole Osono. Go well Kiongozi,” says a statement from the party.
In May 2015, he was infamously captured on video firing at journalists who were covering a protest over illegal encroachment on an access road in Ol Jorai. No one was hurt in the mid-afternoon incident that left journalists and protesters in shock.
He was released after Chief Magistrate Peter Gesora dismissed all the charges he was facing i.e. incitement to violence, disobedience of the law and endangering the lives of two Nakuru-based journalists.
The Magistrate ruled that prosecution had failed to prove that Osono incited his workers to cause violence, more so, no one was injured in the melee involving unarmed protesters and six journalists.