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ODM aspirant killed in Kisumu

Posted by African Press International on October 31, 2012

By Maurice Alal, reporting from Kisumu, Kenya

Kisumu City in Nyanza Region of Kenya has become a no-go-zone following the death of Kisumu Town East Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party Chairman Shem Kwega, who is also an aspirant for the newly created Kisumu Central Constituency.

Kwega who is also a prominent businessman in Kisumu was shot together with his wife Rose Kwega by two armed thugs within the Central Business District (CBD) at around 10am.

The deceased and wife were rushed to Aga- Khan Hospital where he was later pronounced dead by Chief Executive Officer, Dr Nadim Mawji.  The doctor said the wife was in a stable condition and doctors were doing all they could to save her life.

It is reported that the deceased was shot on the head and on his chest, before the gang turned on his wife shooting her  on her chest. The thugs who are said to have used AK47 riffles fled in a car from the nearby car-wash. The car was later abandoned by the thugs at Nyamasaria estate.

Kwega, who owns a number of petrol stations within the city, was robbed of unknown amount of cash which he was going to bank before the ambush took place.

The news of his death spread like bushfire within the City and its environs, prompting angry residents to storm the Kisumu Police offices demanding explanation to the killings which they say is now rampant in the region.

This comes barely a week after three people including doctor from Kenya Institute of Research, a student and a security guard was murdered in a cold blood before the thugs stole unknown amount of cash from the doctor and the church where the security officer was manning.

It is the rise of insecurity that prompted the area residents to engage police in a running battle forcing the police to use tear gas canisters to disperse the angry crowd who vowed not to surrender until the security situation in Kisumu and its environs is addressed.

The incident has so far paralyzed business and transport activities in the city leaving travellers stranded.

For the last three months, carjacking has become rampant in Kisumu City.

This has made the police to be on the receiving end of the blame due to their laxity in ensuring security is beeped up. However, Nyanza Provincial Police Officer, Joseph Oletito said investigation to the killings was underway, hoping the suspects will be netted soon.

He urged the residents to maintain peace. But this was not taken lightly by angry residents who demand immediate transfers of various police bosses such as OCPD, OCS among others.

 

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