In Summary
  • The incident happened a day after Kisumu Central ODM Secretary-General Samuel Nyabinda accused chiefs of aiding in the buying of ID cards.

  • One of the protesters, Mr John Oketch, claimed that what was meant to be a religious meeting had turned into an ID buying exercise by unknown agents.

  • Bishop Betty Onyango, who was one of the facilitators, denied they were buying IDs.

Police in Kisumu were on Wednesday forced to fire in the air and lob teargas canisters at youths who had stormed a hotel in the town to flush out women they claimed were buying voters’ cards.

The youths engaged police in running battles, blocking roads and hurling stones at the police and into Jumuiya Resort Hotel.

They destroyed property as police fought to keep the more than 150 women safe. 

The women were in the hotel hall for training under the Nyanza Women of Faith Network. It was an inter-religious meeting, they claimed.

ACCUSED

Ms Stella Okoyo, a delegate from Siaya County, said they had checked in on Tuesday evening and started the training on Wednesday morning before a group of four forced their way inside the hall.

“They accused us of being Jubilee agents buying national identification cards from locals yet we were there to be trained on peace and disaster management,” said Mrs Okoyo.

The incident happened a day after Kisumu Central ODM Secretary-General Samuel Nyabinda accused chiefs of aiding in the buying of ID cards.

Ms Okoyo said the group of youths grew bigger as more came in and ordered them out.

LOST VALUABLES

In the melee, the delegates lost their mobile phones, laptops and other valuables as many of them ran back to their rooms to hide.

The youths dragged some women outside, robbed and assaulted them.

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