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Prime Minister Raila Odinga condons the Kisumu killings

Posted by African Press International on November 3, 2012

  • By Maurice Alal, reporting from Kisumu Kenya

The Prime Minister of Republic of Kenya Raila Amollo Odinga has condoned police in Kisumu City over the recent shooting during riots where eight people were killed by police.

The PM said that it is shocking and regrettable  that police are using excessive force to disperse rioters which has left four people dead saying that those people must be arrested and charged in a court of law.

Odinga also claimed that police are also colluding with criminals that have led to increase of insecurity in the city where a number of people have been murdered. “We cannot live in a city where gangs have taken control of making people to be killed in a broad daylight. Police must wake up of their laxity,” said the PM.

He said despite challenges that police are facing to undertake their work; they should not take that as an advantage to allow criminals to take charge of the city.

However, the PM have also appealed to the resident to maintain peace as the matter is being investigated to arrest those involved in the recent killing in Kisumu. “As resident of Kisumu, you should help police with vital information to fight insecurity in the region,” said Odinga.

He also said that over five people have been killed in a week a move that have raised eyebrows saying the rise of insecurity was of a great concern to the government.

“The government is currently working on various measures to ensure residents confidence on security is restored,” Odinga said adding that this also scaring away investors locally and internationally.

In connection to the killing of an ODM politician which enjoys huge following in Nyanza region  where the PM hails from and countrywide, Raila said the killing should not be perceived as political but pure criminal activities.

Odinga also revealed that former police officer who had earlier work in the region was already brought back as demanded by the area residents but said an individual cannot curb insecurity in the region urging stakeholders to unite for security to prevail

The residents on Monday took to the street of Kisumu City over the killing of a ODM party Chairman and also aspirant for the newly created Kisumu Central Constituency Shem Onyango Kwega in demand of an explanation.

Kwega was shot together with his wife Rose Onyango after breakfast meeting in a Kisumu hotel at around 10am by two armed gangs who are said to have made away with Shs. 1.2 million which he was going to bank.The wife is currently fighting for her life at Aga Khan hospital in Kisumu.

This prompted the angry resident and his supporters to protest the killing who later engaged police in a running battle forcing them to lobby teargas canisters which burst into flames and burned 3 people to death. It was during the same riots where police shot 8 people as they were trying to escape.

According to Nyanza police boss Joseph Oletito, the recent killings are pure criminal activities urging the resident to be calm as police finalized their investigations.

Oletito said that so far two prime suspects have been arrested in connection to the killing of the late Kwega and are currently in police custody helping them with investigation.”We are yet to arrest more assailants. Resident should remain vigilant and provide police with information about these gangs,” he said.

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