In Summary
  • The chaos started on Tuesday, sparked by the call by Kisumu residents for the release of opposition activist Miguna Miguna.
  • The riots intensified on Wednesday when residents learnt that Mr Miguna had been “deported” to Canada.
  • Leaders later went to the streets to quell the chaos and pacify the angry protesters.

Police in Kericho were forced to use teargas to disperse rowdy youth who had blocked the Kericho-Kisumu highway.

Chaos erupted Wednesday shortly after two vehicles arrived in Kericho with shattered windows and dented bodies following continued attacks by rioters in Awasi at the border with Kisumu County.

The chaos started on Tuesday, sparked by the call by Kisumu residents for the release of opposition activist Miguna Miguna who was being held in police cells.

The riots intensified on Wednesday when residents learnt that Mr Miguna had been “deported” to Canada.

RUNNING BATTLES

Following the protests, youths in Kericho retaliated by stoning some Kisumu-bound vehicles and engaged police in running battles saying they were tired of being provoked.

"Our Kisumu neighbours will not cease stoning cars until they understand that their actions result in dire consequences," said one of the youths.

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