Ok seems to work now that I downgraded. The steps I had to take were 1. Uninstall latest openvpn and openvpn client, 2. Reboot, 3. Install openvpn 13 using eopkg and openvpn client, 4. reboot, 5. Load ovpn config, disable server certificate check, check "use TCP connection". Thank you for your help!
Some extra bugs I have noticed probably related to budgie desktop are 1. User key password won't be saved regardless the choice to store it for the user or for all users. 2. Notification after connection or if the connection has failed does not appear on top right as it used to do.